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Mei Ching Huang - Behind the Scenes

December 02, 2015

Each month in the Orchestra’s Playbill, we feature one musician in a question-and-answer segment. Below is that feature in its entirety.

Where were you born? In Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

What piece of music could you play over and over again? Stephen Foster’s “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” arranged by Jascha Heifetz.

What’s your most treasured possession? My family and friends. 

What’s your favorite Philadelphia restaurant? Zama, Parc, Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House, Capogiro Gelato … too many to name.  

What’s in your instrument case? All the usual things—violin, bows, rosin, mutes, metronome, strings, pencils. I also have photos of my teacher and postcards I sent to myself during tours.

What piece of music never fails to move you? The second movement from Chopin’s First Piano Concerto.  

When did you join the Orchestra? January 2015.

Do you play any other instruments? I used to be a serious pianist. Now I just play for fun.

What’s your favorite type of food? I enjoy any food that’s healthy and tasty. It’s always fun to explore new cuisines.

Do you speak any other languages? Mandarin and Taiwanese, they are my native languages.

Do you follow any blogs? Yes, all of them are food blogs. 

Do you have any hobbies? Camping, swimming. Traveling is my favorite. 

Do you have a favorite movie? Good Will Hunting is definitely my favorite one. It has inspired me in so many ways.

What’s the last recording you purchased? CD or download? CD, Raoul Koczalski Plays Chopin, a live recording from the concert celebrating the 138th anniversary of Chopin’s birth. I was super excited when I found this in Vienna this year. 

What’s on your iPod? I don’t own one. 

When was the first time you heard The Philadelphia Orchestra? When I was 12 my teacher played a Philadelphia Orchestra recording in class. I still remembered it was the Vocalise, from the Rachmaninoff Conducts Rachmaninoff album. The sound was incredibly expressive and sorrowful.

Other than Verizon Hall, where is your favorite place to perform? I am a big fan of the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Carnegie Hall in New York. 

Photo by Beth Ross Buckley