One of the most respected violinists in China, Mengla Huang occupies a unique position in a land brimming with astonishing talents. He began violin lessons at the age of 4, was admitted to the famed Shanghai Conservatory of Music at 8, and in 2006 received his master's degree and became the youngest ever faculty member of Shanghai Conservatory.
Huang came to international attention after taking first prize at the prestigious Premio Paganini International Violin Competition in Italy in 2002, where he also was awarded the Renato De Barbieri Memorial Award for the best interpretation of Paganini's Caprices, and the Mario Ruminelli Memorial Award.
Since then, his brilliant technique and unique interpretations have fascinated audiences throughout Asia, Europe and North America. He has performed with many of the world's finest orchestras including the Bamberg, Danish National, Norrköping, Singapore, Sendai, NHK, and Tokyo Symphony Orchestras, the Luxembourg, Nice, Osaka, Kyoto, Japan, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, and in his native land the China National, and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, among many others. Conductors with whom he has collaborated include names such as Neeme Järvi, Edo de Waart, Jonathan Nott, Henrik Schaefer, Muhai Tang, Nicola Luisotti, Jahja Ling, Jia Lü, Ryusuke Numajiri, Thomas Dausgaard, and Tovey Bramwell.
In April 2007, Huang gave his New York debut at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center and his Boston debut at the Jordan Hall, and the following year toured both Asia and Italy, debuting at Dvorak Hall during the 63rd Prague Spring Festival in May. He capped the year with an invitation to perform at the grand opening gala of the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
2009/10 season saw further debuts and honours, including a featured performance at the 'Paganini Festival' in Taiwan, engagements with the Hamburger Symphoniker, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (under Neeme Järvi) and Macao Orchestra (under Jahja Ling), a Japan tour with the NHK Symphony Orchestra (under Moshe Atzmon), a China tour with the Basel Symphony Orchestra and a China tour with Dresden Staatskapelle.
In addition to the Paganini prizes, Huang was awarded the Gold Medal and Public Prize in the 2001 Sendai International Music Competition in Japan; Best Performance Prize in the 2001 Shanghai Spring International Festival, and the Second Prize in the 2000 Lipinsky and Wieniawsky International Violin Competition in Poland. In 2007, he received the first Montegrappa's Genio Creativo Award, an annual international award for young talents who represent creativity and innovation in different fields of art from different countries.
Mengla Huang is under contract as a recording artist for Universal Music. 2005 saw his debut album Violin Showpieces under the Deutsche Grammophon label. His second recital album on DG, a collection of works written by violinist-composers titled Violinissimo, was released in 2008. His last recording project was the 24 caprices by Paganini, which was released in 2011.When not travelling，Huang makes his home in both Germany and China.
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