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Violinist Sylvia Huang awarded audience prize Queen Elisabeth Competition

26 May 2019

Sylvia Huang, first violinist in the Concertgebouworkest, has won the audience prize, the Canvas-Klara Prize worth 2.500 euros, of the Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition in Brussels.

First violinist of the Concertgebouworkest  Sylvia Huang during the finale of the Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition 2019 (photo: Bruno Vessiez)
Sylvia Huang during the finale of the Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition 2019 (photo: Bruno Vessiez)

As one of twelve finalists, she also wins 4.000 euros thanks to the support of the Belgian National Lottery. The American Stella Chen was named the first prize winner.

Twenty-five-year old Huang has been the only Belgian national to take part in the prestigious competition. Her interpretations of Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in a minor and en the obligatory work, Fidl by Finnish composer Kimmo Hakola - both performed with the Belgian National Orchestra under the baton of Hugh Wolff – were highly praised. 


The Belgian violinist Sylvia Huang joined the Concertgebouworkest at the age of twenty and is still the youngest member of the orchestra. Huang had her very first violin lessons with her father and continued her studies at the Académie des Arts de la Ville de Bruxelles.

She went on to win first prize at the 2004 National Musical Competition Belfius Classics and the Lions European Musical Competition, gaining orchestral experience with the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Huang joined the second violin section of the Belgian National Orchestra in September 2012 and was promoted to the position of co-principal violinist a year and a half later.

She joined the first violin section of the Concertgebouworkest in August 2014. Together with her Concertgebouworkest colleagues Mirelys Morgan Verdecia, Martina Forni and Honorine Schaeffer, Huang is a member of the successful GoYa Quartet.