Humanities Faculty & Staff
Elizabeth Perkins, Dean
A native of China, Dr. Zheng Jennifer Huang has performed numerous recitals and concerts as a pianist and harpsichordist in solo performances and chamber music ensembles in Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Dr. Huang started to play the piano at age four. After graduating from The Xi’an Conservatory of Music, she attended The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She received the Advanced Diploma in Piano Performance, under the tutelage of Professor Gabriel Kwok, and was the second-prize winner of the 1996 Hong Kong Open Piano Competition for Asian Musicians. At Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, Dr. Huang studied under Professor Monique Duphil and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance. She was awarded the Oberlin Alumni Scholarship and The Conservatory Dean’s Special Award. As a recipient of a full graduate scholarship from Mannes College of Music, New York, Dr. Huang earned a double Master’s Degree in Piano Performance under Professor Jerome Rose and in Harpsichord Performance under Professor Arthur Haas. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Harpsichord Performance at Stony Brook University, New York, studying with the well-known harpsichordist and teacher Arthur Haas.
As a concert pianist, Dr. Huang has performed at the Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center. She was also invited as a visiting lecturer by both the Xi’an Conservatory of Music in China and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Hong Kong. Her lectures received excellent response from both teachers and students.
As a concert harpsichordist, Dr. Huang has performed solo harpsichord concertos as well as other Baroque vocal and instrumental works with the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra, Boston Baroque Orchestra, and Mannes Baroque Chamber Orchestra. In a New York Times review, Allan Koznin noted, “Jenny (Jennifer) Huang performed . . . with a rhythmic fluidity that conveyed (the) essential characteristic” of the piece. Dr. Huang has also performed in the Boston Early Music Festival and the Amherst Early Music Festival. She has participated in lessons with Lisa Crawford, Kenneth Weiss, Peter Sykes, and Martin Pearlman.
Dr. Huang is the co-founder of Ensemble Solaire, which is a group dedicated to historically informed performance of music in different genres. The ensemble has performed at The New York Early Music Series, New York Midtown Concerts, Trinity Church’s Concerts, Amherst Early Music Festival, New York Historical Society, and other events.
Dr. Huang currently teaches as an assistant professor of piano at Darton. She is also the coordinator of the keyboard division.