Teenage Bach aficionado Hilda Huang is on the scene again, this time soloing with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in a San Francisco concert in January. When I sent a reporter and photographer to Hilda’s Palo Alto home in 2008, I noted that she was the only 11-year-old I knew who had her own harpsichord.
Apparently these things pay for themselves. Hilda has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Carmel Bach Festival; won the top prize in the seventh international J.S. Bach Competition in Wurzburg, Germany; and conducted the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.
Hilda was also featured in filmmaker Michael Lawrence’s documentary “Bach & Friends,” in pretty good company: Joshua Bell, Bobby McFerrin, Philip Glass and Bela Fleck, to name a few. You can watch a clip from the film here.
At 1 p.m. on Jan. 21, the young harpsichordist/pianist will perform with PBO at a free student concert; she’ll be featured in Bach’s Concerto for Harpsichord in D Major. She’s said to be the youngest soloist ever to perform with the group. Admission for the Herbst Theatre concert is free for school groups. To register and get more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-252-1288, extension 304.
Pictured: Hilda Huang. Photo courtesy of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.