Bio for Chen-Yu Huang

Chen-Yu Huang

Assistant Professor of Harp

Chen-Yu Huang joins Michigan State University College of Music as assistant professor of harp in 2014. Known for her charismatic and earnest musicianship, she is currently the principal harp of Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the harpist of Formosa Trio. Her honors include the winner of the State of Illinois Senior Division in the 2007 American String Teacher Association National Solo Competition, finalist for the 2006 National Anne Adams Award Auditions, winner of the 2008 String Division Concerto Competition. She is the winner of the Krannert Debut Artist Award 2010 and a recipient for Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship 2010-2011, of both prizes she is the first harpist ever to be awarded. Chen-Yu is the president of West Michigan Chapter and is one of the Directors-at-Large of American Harp Society, Inc..

A native of Taiwan, Chen-Yu obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in piano performance at National Taiwan Normal University. She pursued her graduate degrees in harp performance at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,, where she held teaching assistantship and received a Master of Music, Artist Diploma, and Doctoral of Musical Arts under the instruction of Dr. Ann Yeung. Before coming to U.S., she studied with Shannon Chieh, Chi-Mei Hung, and Bi-Ya Lin in Taiwan.

Coming from a background in fine arts, Chen-Yu is most passionate about inspiring students to realize their highest potential and build their own careers.  As an enthusiastic teacher, Chen-Yu teaches at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and Community Music School. She also host  Harp Day at MSU annually.

Chen-Yu is dedicated to expanding the harp repertoire. She has arranged and transcribed music for harp and worked with composers to create original works. Recent activities include performing as a concerto soloist with Illinois Symphony Orchestra, performing two world premieres at the 13th World Harp Congress in Hong Kong in 2017, performing at the International Harp Festival in Taiwan;  premiering her own harp version of original pieces by William R. C. Wright (Frank Lloyd Wright’s father) at historical Dana Thomas House in Springfield, IL.

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