Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member Jeremy Hwang
|Jeremy Hwang, violin/viola/piano, was born in Taiwan and raised on Long Island. Jeremy began his music lessons as a pianist and violinist at ages 5 and 8, respectively. His primary instructors included pianists Mei-Fung Huang and the late Joseph Lee, and violinists Fei-Ni Hsu and Sherry Mendoza. After taking private
lessons on the piano and violin throughout most of his childhood, he decided to teach himself to play the viola during his sophomore year in college.
As a pianist, he has held personal recitals at New York’s Steinway Hall and twice at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, and has performed at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center as a concerto competition winner of his youth orchestra, the Children’s Orchestra Society. As a high school junior, Jeremy and his youth chamber group won the Discovery chamber music competition, performing Schubert’s Trout Quintet.
As a violist and violinist, Jeremy has participated in numerous chamber music groups and orchestras while studying at Harvard College, including the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, the Mozart Society Orchestra, and the Holden Consort Orchestra (Brahms Society Orchestra). An avid chamber musician on piano and viola, Jeremy has performed on the piano works such as the Brahms Piano Quintet, the Schumann Piano Quintet, and Rachmaninoff’s Suite No. 2 for two pianos, and on viola Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 95 (serioso), Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence,” the Brahms Viola Quintet in G, and the Grieg String Quartet. His high school string quartet was also a winner of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Competition in 1998, performing the first movement of Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 18 No. 4 at Alice Tully Hall.
Jeremy received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and physics from Harvard in 2002, and is currently an MD-PhD student at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, doing his PhD research on Alzheimer’s Disease. He is on a fellowship in Boston for the 2007-2008 season; we certainly hope he is able to return to us full-time after that.
Jeremy was our piano soloist in the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto on the first concert of Musica Bella’s 2006-2007 season, October 22, 2006.
Musica Bella concerts: October 24, 2004; January 30, 2005; February 21, 2005; March 13, 2005; May 14, 2005; May 15, 2005; May 21, 2005; May 22, 2005; October 30, 2005; December 17, 2005; December 18, 2005; January 22, 2006; March 26, 2006; May 21, 2006; June 17, 2006; June 18, 2006; July 8, 2006; October 22, 2006; December 10, 2006; January 20, 2007; January 21, 2007; February 18, 2007; April 15, 2007; May 5, 2007; May 6, 2007; June 9, 2007; October 14, 2007; December 1, 2007; December 2, 2007