About Chen-Yu

Chen-Yu Huang joined the Michigan State University College of Music as assistant professor of harp in 2014. Coming from a background in fine arts, she is passionate about inspiring students on their musical career and realizing their highest potential. She is quickly being recognized as an active performer and an educator internationally.

A native of Taiwan, Chen-Yu obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in piano performance at National Taiwan Normal University. Inspired by a series of concerts of symphony orchestras, she started to pursuit her graduate degree in harp performance at University of Illinois, where she received her Master of Music, Artist Diploma, and Doctoral of Musical Arts under the instruction of Dr. Ann Yeung. Her honors include the winner of the State of Illinois Senior Division in the 2007 American String Teacher Association’s National Solo Competition, finalist for the 2006 National Anne Adams Award Auditions, winner of the 2008 String Division Concerto Competition, and Honorable Mention for the Lyon & Healy Awards 2011. She was also the winner of Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship 2010-2011 and Krannert Debut Artist Award 2010. She is the first harpist ever to be awarded for both awards.

Chen-Yu dedicated herself on expand harp repertoire. She actively arranged and transcribed music for harp as well as working with composers. Her recent activities included performing at the International Harp Festival in Taiwan, 2016; arranging Christmas music and performing with Jubilee harp duo; premiering her harp version of original pieces by William R. C. Wright (Frank Lloyd Wright’s father) at historical Dana Thomas House in Springfield, Illinois; concluding a Midwest tour and an Asia tour with Formosa Trio; and performing as a concerto soloist with Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming activities include three world premiers at the 13th World Harp Congress in Hong Kong in 2017.

Before Chen-Yu joined at MSU, she taught at Illinois Wesleyan University, the Parkland College, and the Chamber Music Academy at University of Illinois. She currently teaches at the Blue Fine Arts Summer Camp at Michigan and hosts annual Harp Day at MSU.