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New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Frank Huang performs with the UT Symphony Orchestra

©2023 Chris Lee

Melony Dodson talks with New York Philharmonic Concertmaster, Frank Huang. Huang is in residency for a week at the University of Tennessee College of Music, where he is leading masterclasses and rehearsing with the UT Symphony Orchestra, which will culminate in a performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto on September 16 at 7:30pm.

Violinist Frank Huang has been described as quietly intense. Born in Beijing, he moved to the United States at the age of six, living in Houston. He immediately began studying the violin with his mother. Just a few years later, at the age of 10, he performed with the Houston Youth Symphony and a year later, made his debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 16, he began a precollege program at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), earning a Bachelor of Music degree from CIM in 2002. Huang has won numerous international music competitions, including first prize at the 2003 Naumberg Violin Competition and first prize of the Hannover International Violin Competition. He became concertmaster of the Houston Symphony in 2010 and five years later, became concertmaster of one of the greatest symphonies of the world, the New York Philharmonic.

Mr. Huang is currently in residency at the University of Tennessee College of Music, where he is leading masterclasses with students before he performs the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the UT Symphony Orchestra this Saturday night at 7:30pm. As usual, this performance will be given in Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building and is free and open to the public.


Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.