Following several rounds of auditions, the Brussels National Opera appointed the 28-year-old Belgian violinist Sylvia Huang as its next concertmaster.
Huang previously served in the first violin section of Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, since 2014. Prior to that appointment, she was in the second violin section of the National Orchestra of Belgium.
In February 2021, she also made her debut as a soloist with the Concertgebouw, performing Mozart's Concerto No. 4 in D major under Andrew Manze.
In 2019, Huang was a laureate of her home competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition. She also achieved a clean sweep of the audience prizes, winning both the Musiq’3 Prize and the Canvas-Klara Prize.
"[I'm] really happy to share that I just won the concertmaster position in Brussels National Opera/La Monnaie De Munt!" Huang wrote on social media. [I'm] very excited to start this new adventure."
You can revisit Huang's performance of the Dvořák Violin Concerto from the finals of the 2019 Queen Elisabeth Competition below.