This preview has been provided by the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.

The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle (, a performance-based organization serving the Triangle community, continues its 31st concert season with a performance on Sunday, February 16, 2014. The 3 p.m. concert will be held at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, N.C.  

The concert, titled “Romantic European Riches” with Guest Artist: Paul Huang, violin, will feature the performance of:
Johann Strauss Jr.   Die Fledermaus Overture, op. 362
Luigi Dallapiccola     Piccola Musica Notturna
Antonin Dvorak         Carnival Overture, op. 92
Felix Mendelssohn   Violin Concerto in e minor, op.64

Guest Artist: Paul Huang, violin

Hailed by The Washington Post as “an artist with the goods for a significant career,” and praised by The Strad for his “stylish and polished playing,” 22-year-old Taiwanese-American violinist Paul Huang is already recognized for his eloquent music making, effortless virtuosity, and compelling stage presence. Among his honors are First Prize of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and First Prize at the 2009 International Violin Competition Sion-Valais in Switzerland.

2013-2014 season highlights include Mr. Huang’s Lincoln Center concerto debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Carlos Miguel Prieto at Alice Tully Hall, his Boston recital debut at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and his Spain debut with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra under Gunter Neuhold performing both Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and Walton’s Violin Concerto. He will also appear in recitals at Jordan Hall in Boston, the Strathmore Center in Washington D.C., Rockefeller University, Friends of Music (NY), and a return engagement at Merkin Hall in New York City. In the summer, Mr. Huang will make debuts at Colorado’s Crested Butte Music Festival performing Vivaldi Four Seasons and at the Brevard Music Festival performing Saint-Saens Violin Concerto.

Mr. Huang’s recent seasons engagements included the Louisville Orchestra and the Hilton Head Symphony, as well as in Hungary with the Budapest Dohnányi Symphony, in Mexico City with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, and in Taiwan with the Taipei Symphony and National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, working with such conductors as Christopher Hogwood, Shlomo Mintz, Jorge Mester, Gunter Neuhold, Ronald Zollman, and Jung-Ho Pak, among many others. He has been heard in recitals at the Stradivari Museum in Cremona, Italy, the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, and at the Museé du Louvre in Paris.

Recipient of the 2012 Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship of YCA, he made critically acclaimed recital debuts last season in New York at Merkin Hall and in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center, co-presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society, both to critical acclaim.

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Huang has been a guest artist at the Moritzburg Festival in Germany, the Sion Music Festival in Switzerland, the Mineria Music Festival in Mexico City, the Great Mountains Music Festival and Seoul International Music Festival in Korea, and as a guest with the Formosa Quartet at Wigmore Hall in London. He has collaborated with notable instrumentalists including Shlomo Mintz, Gil Shaham, Roberto Diaz, Jan Vogler, and Frans Helmerson. This season, he will be a feature artist at the Camerata Pacifica in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Tokyo’s CHANEL festival, as well as joining violist Nobuko Imai and cellist Myung-Wha Chung in a trio concert at the NTSO International Music Festival in Taiwan.

Born in Taiwan, Mr. Huang received his first violin lesson at the age of seven. Since entering the Juilliard Pre-College at 14, he has continued studies at the school with Hyo Kang and I-Hao Lee. He received the 2008 Juilliard Achievement Award, the 2009 Chi-Mei Cultural Foundation Arts Award, and 2013 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant. Mr. Huang plays a 1683 Nicolo Amati violin, which has been generously loaned to him. For more information, please visit

About the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle: 

Since 1982, The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle has been received with genuine respect and enthusiasm by music critics and the community. Today, it is considered one of the finest professional ensembles in North Carolina and the Southeast. With its elite corps of musicians, the orchestra continues to present a well-chosen and unusual repertoire that delights audiences and evokes high praise from critics. That standard of excellence has become the hallmark of the orchestra and has distinguished each succeeding season. The 2012-2013 series marks its 30th concert season. For more information, visit or call 919.360.3382.

We are so confident in this orchestra, we provide any new-comer a complementary ticket because we know they will return as happily paying patrons.  In the past ten years our audiences have grown from an average of 100 to an average of 600–an extraordinary statement about the quality of music created by this outstanding ensemble guided by the effervescent Lorenzo Muti.

Celebrating his 25th year, Lorenzo Muti will lead The COT as artistic director and conductor. He has been instrumental in developing the orchestra’s elite corps of musicians into one of the top professional ensembles in North Carolina and the Southeast.

In addition to the February 16, 2014 concert, The COT will also host three additional concerts:

March 22, 2014 – “A Touch of Neo-Classicism” 7:30pm at Cary Arts Center
March 23, 2014 – “A Touch of Neo-Classicism” 3pm at Carolina Theatre of Durham
May 11, 2014 – “The Past Meets The Present” 3pm at Carolina Theatre of Durham

Tickets may be purchased by calling 919.560.3030. To emphasize its commitment to engaging young people with great classical music, the orchestra provides free seating at every concert to students of all ages.

Endowment Campaign Announcement:

The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle’s Robert Ward Endowment for the performance of 20th and 21st Century Music is now accepting donations!  Our goal is $50,000.  This season the Chamber Orchestra unanimously decided to create an endowment in Bob Ward’s memory to continue the performance of 20th and 21st Century Music that has become increasingly difficult to secure.  All donations may be made to The Robert Ward Endowment for the Performance of 20th and 21st Century Music in care of The Triangle Community Foundation or The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, 1213 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514.  All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged.