Harp Judge Panel
Born in Taipei, Ann Huang received training in konghou (ancient Chinese harp) in Taipei Hwa Kang Arts School before turning to classical harp. She performed as a soloist with both Chinese and Western orchestras at music festivals in Taiwan. She joined Hong Kong Sinfonietta as Principal Harp upon her graduation from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts where she received a scholarship for her studies in harp performance.
Huang was Artist-in-Residence at RTHK Radio 4 and is now on the faculty of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University. In addition to her professional commitments as a performer, she also actively promotes harp music to the community and is currently the Music Director of Hong Kong Harp Chamber. She also has a great interest in rearrangements for the harp and her publications include a rearrangement of Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals.
“Praised for her “superb technical acumen and sensitive musicality” (South Florida Classical Review), Grace Browning has established herself as a leading ensemble harpist, avid soloist, and passionate advocate for community engagement. Equally at home in symphonic and operatic literature, Grace recently finished her second season with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and is approaching five years as Principal Harpist of the Santa Fe Opera. Her 2018-2019 season included her debut with the Metropolitan Opera, performing Puccini’s Tosca, Bizet’s Carmen, and Wagner’s Siegfried. Previously, Grace spent four years as tenured Principal Harpist of the Dallas Opera, as well as three seasons as Harp Fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. She received her masters degree from the Juilliard School in 2011, following two years at the University of Michigan (B.M.) and two years at the Eastman School of Music.
As a soloist, Grace has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, New World Symphony, and National Repertory Orchestra. She has been privileged to perform recitals throughout the United States as a soloist and as a founding member of The Dallas Harp Quartet.
As a teaching artist, she has taught masterclasses at the University of Arizona, Roosevelt University, University of North Carolina School for the Arts, and multiple chapters of the American Harp Society. She is also dedicated to community engagement, curating a free livestream series for Musicians of the Rochester Philharmonic and serving as Artistic Director for Chamber Music at San Miguel Chapel. In her spare time, Grace enjoys practicing yoga, spending time with her family, and spoiling her sweet rescue dog, Annie.
Nicole Christopher holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Harp Performance from the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music. She has performed with great organizations such as: Vocal Arts Ensemble Cincinnati, Dayton Philharmonic, Sorg/Whitewater Opera Companies, The Dale Warland Singers, St. Cloud Symphony, Fargo- Moorhead Symphony, Mississippi Valley Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra. She is currently principal harpist for the Northern Symphony (Anoka, MN), Metropolitan Symphony, and the Mankato Symphony Orchestra. Nikki resides in Saint Paul and maintains a private harp and piano teaching studio.
Ms. Yany Sze was the Third Prize Winner of French International Harp Competition 2017(Excellence Division) and the Silver Medal Winner of the 2016 Camac Prize Taiwan competition in young professional. She received her Bachelor of Music(Major in Harp),Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Honorable mentions in 2013 Lyon & Healy Awards – Los Angeles and 2014 Lyon & Healy Awards – China.
She is a freelance harpist of Hong Kong Philharmonic and Hong Kong Sinfonietta and a Harp Tutor of Junior Program, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.