Grace Huang (On Leave)

Native of Taiwan, NSO Principal Violist Grace Huang won a scholarship from the Young Musician Foundation in 1993, the 2nd prize winner at the Juilliard concerto competition, the Best Viola Viola Performance Award in the 1995 Texas Corpus Christi Young Artist Competition. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Banff Center for the Arts, Santa Barbara Music Academy of the West, New York String Seminar and Sarasota Music Festival. During 1999-2001, she was invited to be Principal Viola in the Pacific Music Festival in Hokkaido, Japan. In February 2001, at the age of 25, she became the Principal Viola of the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan.

Ms. Huang began her piano lesson at age 6 and viola lesson at age 9. In 1990, she was accepted at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and studying with Donald McInnes. In 1994, she received a full scholarship to attend the Juilliard School to study with Karen Tuttle and Cynthia Phelps.