Assistant Professor of Music
Mei-Hsuan Huang is an Assistant Professor of Music at Iowa State University and a member of the Ames Piano Quartet. Born in Taiwan, she began studying piano at the age of four and earned her bachelors degree at The National Taiwan Normal University, where, she won the prestigious Xing Tang Temple Piano Competition Prize.
She received her masters degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Sergei Babayan, Margarita Shevchenko, and Paul Schenly. At the Cleveland Institute of Music she was awarded the Sadie Zellen Piano Prize, which recognizes outstanding musical development by a piano major. She also received the University DMA Fellowship Award from the music departments of Ohio State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Huang received her doctorate of musical arts degree at Ohio State University under Dr. Caroline Hong, where she was the only pianist to be awarded a fellowship. While at Ohio State University, she was also appointed Graduate Teaching and Accompanying Assistant. In 2010, Dr. Huang was awarded the Graduate Associate Teaching Award at Ohio State University, the University's highest recognition of exceptional teaching. In 2008, she was also awarded first prize in the Ohio State University Concerto Competition where she performed the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Ohio State University Orchestra.
From 2011- 2012, Dr. Huang was on the piano faculty of the University of Arkansas and a member of the Fulbright Trio, the faculty trio in residence. While at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Huang also served as a collaborative pianist for all instrumental/vocal faculty members. She has performed extensively with the Fulbright Trio and her colleagues throughout states of Arkansas and Oklahoma. In 2012, she performed the Schumann's Concerto for Piano with the University of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Huang regularly performs over forty solo and chamber recitals every year in the states, Canada and Taiwan. She has been invited to numerous summer festivals including the 2006 Aspen Music Festival, the 2007 Pianofest in the East Hamptons, the 2008 Orford Music Festival, Quebec, the 2012 Banff Music Festival, Alberta, and the 2012 CICA Eureka Springs International Music Festival in Arkansas. Recently Dr. Huang gave a piano recital in Taiwan, as a result of being nominated for the prize of "Excellent Pianist" by the Forum Music Association.
She was awarded a piano fellowship from the Atlantic Music Festival, ME, and performed George Tsontakis's Stimulus Package. In addition, Dr. Huang was selected as a semi-finalist in the fourth USASU International Piano Competition in Tempe, Arizona and 57th Wideman Piano Concerto Competition in Shreveport, Louisiana. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.
The Ames Piano Quartet is managed nationwide by Joanne Rile Artists Management.
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