JULIA MINJEONG KANG
Known for her mastery of lyricism and versatility, cellist Julia MinJeong Kang constantly expands her boundaries as a musician by combining the new and traditional ways of playing the cello. She is a founder of AKDuo (Aomori-Kang Duo), a group that combines pop, classical, and jazz elements in a new innovative approach. She plays with her husband Tomoya Aomori, and together they have appeared live in Vermont Public Radio (VPR) and have performed in many countries across the world. AKDuo is in the artist roster for the Si-Yo Music Society Foundation, as well as Musica Themis artist management in Japan. AKDuo aims to create music and concert experience to better communicate with the new generation audiences. Julia is also a founder and an executive director of a music production company Sounding Nice, LLC. As a classical cellist, Julia has played concertos with various professional orchestras around the world such as the New Jersey Symphony, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and Seoul Pops Orchestra. She is a recipient of many notable awards such as the Governor’s Award in Arts Education, the Samuel Mayes Memorial Cello Award, Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship Award, and the Staller Scholar Award. She has attended the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Castleton Music Festival. Julia received her Bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music, Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, and her DMA degree from SUNY Stony Brook University.