Hilda Huang, 16, studies piano with Director Emeritus John McCarthy and harpsichord with Dr. Corey Jamason in the Preparatory Division at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Huang was awarded the top prize in the 2010 International J.S. Bach Competition in Würzburg, Germany, becoming the first American and the youngest prize-winner in the competition’s twenty year history. She was also named a 2008 Davidson Fellow by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development for her exploration of Bach's works, and was featured in the documentary Bach and Friends alongside Simone Dinnerstein, Joshua Bell and Professor Christoph Wolfe. In October of the same year, she made her concerto and international recording debut with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under the late Erich Kunzel under TELARC International.
In addition to her keyboard pursuits, Huang has begun studies in conducting, and was invited to conduct the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra in a family concert. She also conducted the San Francisco Bach Choir along with its Baroque Orchestra for their 75th Anniversary Season concert.
Her chamber music work includes having been a participant at the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Institute for Young Performeres for five summers. Huang has also performed with violinist Alexi Kenney, most recently as part of the Mondavi Center for Performing Arts Debut Series.
Huang's musical pursuits have brought her onto the stages of Weill and Zankel Halls at Carnegie Hall, 96th street Symphony Space, as well behind the scenes of NPR's From the Top, BigThink, a global forum connecting people and ideas, and TEDx Gunn High.
Huang is a rising senior at Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, Calif. She is also the Business Manager for the Viking Sports magazine, a varsity diver and a fitness fanatic.