Associate Professor - Department of Performance
Aiyun Huang was winner of the First Prize as well as the Audience Award (Prix du Public) at the 2002 Geneva International Music Competition; the first prize in percussion has been awarded only three times in the competition’s history. She has appeared at the Weill Recital Hall of the Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s Green Umbrella Series, LACMA Concert Series, Holland Festival, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Agora Festival in Paris, rESOund Festival, Banff Arts Festival, 7éme Biennale d’Art Contemporaine de Lyon, Vancouver New Music Festival, CBC Radio, La Jolla Summerfest, Musik 3, Scotia Festival, Centro Nacional Di Las Artes in Mexico City, and National Concert Hall and Theater in Taipei. Between 1997 and 2006, she was a member of red fish blue fish under the direction of Steven Schick. Her current chamber music projects include Toca Loca with pianists Gregory Oh and Simon Docking, Ensemble Meduse featuring interdisciplinary works. Her recent European solo tour included cities of Geneva, Lyon, Paris, Katowice, Budapest, Bratislava, and Milan in the fall of 2004.
Ms. Huang is devoted to the creation of new works for percussion. She has commissioned new works from numerous composers including: British composer Michael Finnisey, Canadian composers Rose Bolton, Inouk Demers, Chris Paul Harman, Alice Ho, David Jaeger, Gary Kulesha and Heather Schmidt; American composers Rick Burkhardt, Sean Griffin, Derek Keller, Chris Mercer and Erik Ulman; Taiwanese composers Kuei-Ju Lin and Chia-Lin Pan.
Born in Taiwan, Ms. Huang immigrated to Canada when she was seventeen where she pursued her studies in percussion with members of Nexus. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours from the University of Toronto, a Premier Prix from Conservatoire Nationale de Région de Rueil-Malmaison in France, a MA and a DMA degree from the University of California, San Diego. Between 2004 and 2006, she was a Faculty Fellow at the University of California, San Diego. Currently, she is a professor and the Chair of the Percussion Area at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
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