Yesterday, the New York Philharmonic announced that it had chosen the Houston Symphony’s Frank Huang to be its new concertmaster, a post he will start in September. It’s a huge appointment for the violinist, who currently fills the same post at the HSO and has been a Houstonian since the age of 7, when he emigrated from China with his family.
“I am truly honored to be given the opportunity to hold this position once occupied by such giants of the orchestral world as Glenn Dicterow and John Corigliano, Sr.,” said Huang in a statement released by the New York Philharmonic. Dicterow, Huang’s immediate predecessor, has been the Philharmonic’s first-violinist for 34 seasons.
The choice of Huang to fill one of the most pivotal roles in one of America’s foremost orchestras follows an audition process in which celebrated musicians from around the classical music world played concerts with the Philharmonic. Huang himself accompanied the symphony during three concert programs last October and in January.
The appointment is a loss, of course, and not only for the Houston Symphony. Huang has also been on the faculties of both UH and Rice’s Shepherd School of Music. But he is no stranger to the Big Apple either, having studied at the Juilliard School as a young musician.
“I look forward to returning to New York City and to making music with the great New York Philharmonic,” he said.