Wen-Ting Huang, piano
Prize Winner of the National Young Talents Competitions in Taiwan, Scholarship Awards in Vienna, Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition in the US, recipient of the National Excellence Award for Young Artistic Talents in Taiwan, the Ministry of Science and Research in Austria, and featured by The Artists Association in Paris, Dr. Huang’s musical upbringing embraced a wide range of international influences and exposure. The countries she has traveled to and performed in crossed from Taiwan, Japan, Austria, France, and Germany to the United States. Dr. Huang performed as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician; for the latter, she was immensely influenced and mentored by the pianist and founder of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler. Dr. Huang was the founder and pianist of the Moirae Piano Trio and joined the Felici Trio, an ensemble-in-residence in Mammoth Lakes, and co-directed the Mammoth Lakes Festival before settling down in Southern California. The multi-faceted cultural influences and experiences with art forms led Dr. Huang to studies in composition, ethnomusicology, music theory, and art history besides piano performance. Dr. Huang’s primary piano teachers include Robert Scholz, Noel Flores, Germaine Mounier, and Menahem Pressler; she also worked in the masterclasses with Jörg Demus, Norman Shetler, Jean Micault, Jacob Lateiner, and Alicia de Larrocha.
Dr. Huang is a passionate advocate for wholistic musical training encompassing piano techniques integrating anatomic awareness, musical stylistic studies, and compositional analytical approaches within social historical context. Her students are laureates at the regional and national piano competitions, SYMF, SCJBF, Glendale Piano Competition, Satori Young Pianist Contest, and American Protégé Competition. Dr. Huang serves as a clinician for festivals, masterclasses, and competitions at the regional and national music teachers’ associations and chamber music programs, MTAC, MTNA, SCJBF, and SYM, to name a few in California.
As a fervent promoter of chamber music, Dr. Huang frequently performs in chamber concerts. The artists she has collaborated with include musicians from the LA Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as with faculty from Colburn School, USC, Arizona State University, University of Colorado-Boulder, Indiana University, and Chinese Culture University Taiwan, as well as solo recitalists Christine Jennings, Cory Cerovcek, Ittai Shapira, Jeffrey Noel Lastrapes, Wendy Law, Maksim Velichkin, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, and soprano Maria Jetta, among others.
Dr. Huang received her BM/artist diploma and MM in piano performance from Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien in Vienna, Austria, with musicology minor from Vienna University. She received her doctoral degree in piano performance from Indiana University Bloomington under Menahem Pressler. Dr. Huang currently directs keyboard studies, collaborative and piano ensemble, and piano chamber music at California State University, San Bernardino, and serves as a piano faculty at Pasadena City College. She chairs the Inland Empire branch of Junior Chamber Music, with which she made an international tour to Germany in the summer of 2022.