New York Philharmonic selects Houston Symphony’s Frank Huang as next concertmaster

Posted on: April 9, 2015

“Filling the chair that for 34 seasons was occupied by Glenn Dicterow, its longest-serving concertmaster, the New York Philharmonic on Wednesday announced the appointment of Frank Huang, currently concertmaster of the Houston Symphony,” writes Robin Pogrebin in Wednesday’s (4/8) New York Times. “Mr. Huang, 36, will take over in September, beginning with the opening gala concert of the Philharmonic’s 2015-16 season.… Huang played this season as guest concertmaster in three programs … including works by Bartok, Bruckner and Mozart in October and the Verdi Requiem in January…. Born in Beijing, Mr. Huang began studying violin with his mother when he was 7, after moving to Houston.” He was first violinist of the Ying Quartet before joining the Houston Symphony, where he became concertmaster in 2010…. On Friday, Mr. Huang is to be married in Houston to Sarah Ludwig, a violinist with the Houston Grand Opera. Somehow, he said, they would manage the long-distance relationship. Mr. Huang said his favorite works tend to be whatever piece he is working on at the moment. ‘If you really understand it, and really understand the reasons for making it convincing,’ he said, ‘you can’t help but fall in love with it a little bit.’ ”

Posted April 9, 2015