Kuang Hao Huang – Isthmus

press release: Free I No ticket required. As part of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Festival. The DEIB Festival aims to facilitate awareness and provide social justice opportunities for students through this series of events focusing on DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging), leadership, collaboration, and community engagement. look here for calendar updates.

Lecture topics (1:30 p.m.) include building a music career in today’s generation, collaborating with top notch musicians and living composers, interpreting new music, what should what “social justice” means to musicians, how to be a musician for the community, and how to be responsible for an arts organization.

A masterclass takes place at 3:30 p.m.

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A champion of new music, American pianist Kuang Hao Huang has often been heard in collaborative settings in the Chicago area. Praised for his “insightful pianism” (Audiophile) and his “sensitive and wonderfully warm playing” (American Record Guide), Chicagoan Kuang-Hao Huang is a sought-after collaborative pianist whose performances have taken him across North America. North, Europe and Asia. He is often heard live on WFMT and has also performed on WQXR and Medici.tv. Mr. Huang has recorded for Aucourant, Cedille, Centaur, Innova and Naxos, including a CD of fantasies for flute with flautist Mathieu Dufour and a first recording of old songs by Alban Berg with mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley. His most recent recordings include Notorious RBG in Song with soprano Patrice Michaels and Songs from Chicago with baritone Thomas Hampson.

A strong advocate of new music, Mr. Huang is a core member of the Fulcrum Point New Music Project and Picosa. He has created numerous works, including pieces by Mason Bates, Jacob Bancks, Kyong Mee Choi, Stacy Garrop, John Harbison, Daniel Kellogg and Shulamit Ran. Mr. Huang gave the world premiere of works by Louis Andriessen and Chen Yi at Weill Hall as part of Carnegie Hall’s Millennium Piano Book Project. Professor Huang is most often heard as a collaborator, giving concerts and radio shows with Chicago’s finest musicians, from instrumentalists of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to singers of Lyric Opera. He appeared on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series.

Mr. Huang is Associate Artistic Director of the International Music Foundation (IMF) and is the driving force behind Make Music Chicago, a citywide, day-long celebration of music every June 21. He also founded the IMF’s Pianos in the Parks program, which partners with the Chicago Park District to give all Chicagoans access to outdoor pianos as well as free lessons. He is currently a member of the Artists Faculty at Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts and a committee member of the Social Justice Seed Grants Program.

Corina C. Butler