A native of Taiwan, pianist Michelle Huang has performed and taught extensively throughout the U.S. as well as abroad in the Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, and Taiwan. She has appeared as soloist and guest artist in numerous recitals and has given lectures, workshops, and master classes. As a chamber musician, Michelle Huang has collaborated frequently with vocalists and instrumentalists as well as various chamber groups, such as the Mary L’Engle Ensemble, the chamber group-in-residence at Friday Musicale in Jacksonville, Florida, the Jacksonville Symphony and Richmond Symphony musicians. In 2015, she completed a week long concert tour with Rochester based clarinetist Julie Detwiler, in which the duo travelled to Nazareth College, SUNY Potsdam, University of Mississippi, and West Liberty University to perform and teach master classes. Most recently, she has received a grant to commission ten paintings by two Virginia Commonwealth University art students. These paintings will be presented along side with the complete performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at her next concert tour in 2018.
Michelle Huang holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Tennessee and Doctor of Music in Piano Performance from Florida State University. Her principle teachers include Barbara Rowan, David Northington, and Read Gainsford. As an educator, Huang has held teaching positions at both Walter States Community College and Lincoln Memorial University. She has most recently served as Assistant Professor of Piano at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2012, she launched a Concert Series at Edward Waters College in which high caliber performing artists performed concerts as well as conducting master classes, workshops, and lectures for the continuing enrichment and exposure of classical music to both the school and the community. As a strong advocate of mind and body connection and overall musicians’ health, Huang has conducted numerous performance anxiety workshops in various universities as well as music conferences to help musicians understand and cope with anxiety related to performing. She is currently a piano faculty member at the Virginia Commonwealth University.
In addition to teaching in the collegiate setting, Dr. Huang also maintains a private studio, where she works with talented young students. She is an active member of the Richmond Music Teachers Association (RMTA) and Virginia Music Teachers Association (VMTA) and serves as the first Vice President of Programming for RMTA. She is a frequent adjudicator for local and state competitions, including Federation State and Regional Competitions, FSMTA and GMTA State Competitions, PMTA Concerto Competition, PMTA Sonata Contest, and Outstanding Young Artist Scholarship Competition. Many of her students have won top awards and successfully pursued studies and career in music.