Eriel Huang was born in Taiwan and raised in South Africa. She has travelled extensively and engaged in social music programs, community development projects, and youth leadership initiatives while performing, teaching, and working as an administrator in the professional music industry. Some highlights include the Tzu Chi International Relief Foundation Hospital, the World Summit for Sustainable Development, the Gandhi, King, Ikeda: a Legacy of Building Peace International Exhibition and COP17, a United Nations conference on climate change.
Eriel has toured as concertmaster with several ensembles, performed in Europe with the South African National Youth Orchestra, and she has also appeared on stage in Taiwan and China. Since 2008, she has been the electric violinist for Sterling EQ, performing over 100 shows and charity events annually. This award-winning band released its third studio album, produced by EMI, in 2012.
As a participant in numerous local and regional discussion panels, interfaith dialogues and awareness forums, Eriel has developed a keen interest in mediation and diplomacy. As a Mellon Foundation Fellow, Eriel pursued these passions in her interdisciplinary Master’s degree at the University of Cape Town, studying Music Performance, Social Development and Conflict Resolution. This course of study included researching the social values of music education and examining El Sistema within the context of social development theories and music education philosophies.