by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Soul of Photography

Violin Virtuoso

Virtuoso: A person highly skilled in music or another artistic pursuit

When he was just five years old, Allen Huang grew tired of dancing around like a ballerina to his older brother playing Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro, so he decided to take up the violin himself. Now, at fourteen, the Canyon Crest Academy student is playing the violin so well and in such a myriad of venues, that random citizens on the street are tempted to dance around like ballerinas. About his eighteen year old brother Andrew, Allen shared, “My brother is my biggest role model. He constantly works hard and manages to have fun while doing it, and remains stylish throughout.”

Allen joined the San Diego Youth Symphony (SDYS) in 2012, following two years in the Young Artist’s Symphony (now Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra). Since then, “I’ve made new friends and really learned a lot regarding symphonic music,” Allen told us. “This year I am honored with the Assistant Concertmaster position. I plan to stick with SDYS for the rest of high school.” He is also a member of the Impromptu String Quartet, who plays at sites ranging from senior homes to San Diego Symphony pre-concerts and galas. Yet another performance commitment involves playing first violin in Youth En Gedi Ensemble, which performs two to three concerts per year. Allen received an Honorable Mention in SDYS’s 2012-2013 Concerto Competition, and made it to the finals in this year’s SDYS Concerto Competition.

With this dizzying schedule, one would think there is no time for anything else in Allen’s life. Not true. He is Boy Scout Troop 777’s current senior patrol leader, working toward his Eagle rank. He is a serious foodie. “I believe food is one of the greatest joys the universe provides. Although I enjoy eating more than cooking, I like learning to make new things in my spare time.” Allen is also still involved with classic elements from his childhood, otherwise known as Nintendo’s Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda, and Super Smash Brothers Franchise.

Many people, when meeting Allen Huang for the first time, say he looks and acts older than his fourteen years. His discipline and talent might be indicative of an older, more mature student, but his love of laughter and causing others to laugh, along with “his bed” being his favorite place in 92024, make Allen the perfect combination of youth and maturity, and the ideal student star.

Meet Allen

Name: Allen Huang (14)
School: Canyon Crest Academy
Grade: 10
Parents: Chien-Jung Huang, Wenyu Lin
Sibling: Andrew Huang (18)