Hsin-Yun Huang has forged a career as one of the leading violists of her generation, by performing on international concert stages, commissioning and recording new works, and nurturing young musicians. Recent highlights include concerto performances under the batons of David Robertson, Osmo Vänskä, Xian Zhang, and Max Valdés in Beijing, Taipei, and Bogota, and appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She is also the first solo violist to be presented in the National Performance Center of the Arts in Beijing.
Huang has in recent years embarked on a series of major commissioning projects for solo viola and chamber ensemble. To date, these works include compositions from Shih-Hui Chen and Steven Mackey, which premiered at the Aspen Festival. Her 2012 recording, titled Viola Viola for Bridge Records has won accolades from Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine. Her most recent release is the complete Unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach, in partnership with violist Misha Amory. Since the pandemic, Huang has found ways to reimagine the next stage. The program Strings of Soul will be the focus and highlight of the 22/23 season. It is inspired by authentic folk elements from around the globe.
A native of Taiwan and an alumna of Young Concert Artists, Huang received degrees from The Juilliard School and The Curtis Institute of Music. She first came to international attention as the gold medalist and the youngest competitor in the 1988 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. In 1993 she was the top prize winner in the ARD International Competition in Munich, and was awarded the highly prestigious Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award. She is currently on the Viola Faculty at the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. She is married to Misha Amory, violist of the Brentano String Quartet. They live in New York. She plays on a 1735 Testore Viola.