Associate Professor, Percussion Area Chair, William Dawson Scholar
The ever-evolving Aiyun Huang enjoys a musical life as soloist, chamber musician, researcher, teacher and producer. She was the First Prize and the Audience Award winner at the Geneva International Music Competition in 2002. Her past highlights include performances at the Victoria Hall in Geneva, Weill Recital Hall in New York, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s Green Umbrella Series, LACMA Concert Series, Holland Festival, Agora Festival in Paris, Banff Arts Festival, 7éme Biennale d’Art Contemporaine de Lyon, Vancouver New Music Festival, CBC Radio, La Jolla Summerfest, Scotia Festival, Cool Drummings, Montreal New Music Festival, Centro Nacional Di Las Artes in Mexico City, and National Concert Hall and Theater in Taipei. Her recent highlights include solo with St. Lawrence String Quartet, L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Taiwan Symphony Orchestra as well as a new release on Naxos Canadian Classics featuring the works of Canadian composer Chris Paul Harman.
She is a researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) in Montreal. In 2012, Mode Records released Save Percussion Theater featuring Aiyun Huang and friends documenting important theatrical works in the percussion repertoire. Aiyun’s research focuses on the cross-pollination between science and music from the performer’s perspective. Her current research project “Memory in Motion” focuses on the understanding of memory in percussion ensemble playing.
In May 2013 she co-hosted Random Walk: Music of Xenakis and Beyond with Canada’s leading research institutions: Perimeter Institute, the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, and Institute for Quantum Computing. In 2015, she hosted Transplanted Roots: Percussion Research Symposium gathering international performers and scholars from four continents to discuss and reflect on the current state of contemporary percussion.
Born in Kaohsiung, a southern city of Taiwan, Aiyun holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Between 2004 and 2006, she was a Faculty Fellow at UCSD. She currently holds the position of Associate Professor in Percussion and William Dawson Scholar at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.