Dr. Cecilia Kang
- D.M.A., University of Michigan
- M.M., University of Southern California
- B.M., University of Toronto
Clarinetist Cecilia Kang joined the music faculty at North Dakota State University as Assistant Professor of Clarinet in 2012. During the summers, she serves as the clarinet artist-faculty at Grumo Music Festival in Italy and at Luzerne Music Center in New York.
First Prize National Winner of the Canadian Music Competition (2004), and Second Prize Winner of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life Competition (2008), Cecilia Kang has been awarded numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects, the Kingsway Foundation, the University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, DC. Early this year, she has also received the FORWARD Mentorship Grant and the Hendrickson Award from North Dakota State University.
An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Brave New Works Contemporary Ensemble, the Luzerne Chamber Players, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Danish Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has also been invited to perform at international festivals such as Thy Chamber Music Festival (Denmark), Grumo Music Festival (Italy), IMPULS Contemporary Music Festival (Austria), ONCE MORE Contemporary Music Festival (USA), Luzerne Music Center (USA), Collingwood Music Festival (Canada), and Banff Centre (Canada). As an orchestral musician, she has toured across Canada with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2005 and 2006. Currently, she performs regularly with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, the Fargo-Moorhead Opera Orchestra, the Fargo-Moorhead Ballet Company Orchestra and the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra in North Dakota
Her recital and master class engagements as a Rico Performing Artist and Clinician have taken her around the globe, with recent appearances at Beijing Central Conservatory of Music and the International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival (China), La Scuola di Musica “Il Pentagramma” (Italy), the University of Toronto (Canada), the University of Michigan and Michigan State University (USA). An advocate for New Music, she has collaborated with composers Thomas Adès, John Corigliano, Paul Schoenfield, and David Maslanka. Her passion for interdisciplinary arts has also led to numerous innovative collaborations integrating music with multimedia technology, dance and visual arts genres. A humanitarian at heart, she believes in the powerful link between music and social justice. Her scholarly research explores the role of musicians in cultural diplomacy and in public humanities.
Cecilia Kang earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto. Her main teachers have included Daniel Gilbert, Yehuda Gilad, Joaquin Valdepenas, Joseph Orlowski, Avrahm Galper and Zeng-Ming Liao. She has also participated in master classes and private studies with many world renowned clarinetists including Martin Frost, Karl Leister, Walter Seyfarth, Alexander Bader, Herman Stefansson, Hans Christian Braein, Harri Maki, Eduard Brunner, Frank Cohen, Ted Oien, Mark Nuccio, Bob Crowley, Ricardo Morales, Fan Lei and James Campbell among many others.