The Chinese-born American is currently concertmaster of the Houston Symphony
The New York Philharmonic last week appointed Frank Huang as its new concertmaster from the 2015-16 season. The violinist, who is currently concertmaster of the Houston Symphony, replaces Glenn Dicterow, who stepped down from the role after 34 years at the end of the 2013-14 season.
In October last year, the New York Phil gave Huang a week-long trial, during which the Chinese-born American performed three programmes with the orchestra under music director Alan Gilbert. Huang’s audition followed a two-week trial by Minnesota Orchestra concertmaster Erin Keefe in 2013.
‘More than any other musician, the concertmaster shapes the persona of an orchestra, and in Frank Huang we have found just the right mix of virtuosity, flair, musicality, and collegiality,’ said Gilbert. ‘After our very comprehensive search, during which we heard many strong candidates, the musicians of the search committee and I unanimously agreed that Frank would both fit right in to the New York Philharmonic and push it to even greater heights. I am thrilled and proud to be announcing this most important appointment.’
In addition to his orchestral achievements, the Cleveland Institute and Juilliard School graduate won first prize in the Walter W Naumburg and Hannover International Violin Competitions in 2003 and 2000 respectively.