A percussionist’s pursuit for borderless music making 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 Taipei Symphony Orchestra as well as a new release on Naxos Canadian Classics featuring the works of Canadian composer Chris Paul Harman. 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 the inaugural edition of Transplanted Roots: Percussion Research Symposium gathering international performers and scholars from four continents to discuss and reflect on the current state of contemporary percussion. As a leading expert in percussion theater, she has published a DVD Save Percussion Theater (Mode Records) and a chapter in Cambridge Companion to Percussion (2016) on the subject. Her most recent research project “Memory in Motion” focuses on the understanding of memory in percussion ensemble playing. The documentation from this project will be released on Blue Ray (Mode Records) in Fall 2017. Born in Taiwan, Aiyun holds a DMA from the University of California, San Diego. Between 2004 and 2006, she was a Faculty Fellow at UCSD. Between 2006 and 2017, she led the percussion program at McGill University transforming the studio into one vibrant contemporary music program of international reputation. She is proud to return to her alma mater to continue the percussion legacy established by Nexus.
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