AKDuo is a husband-and-wife cello duo that consists of Jazz Cellist/composer Tomoya Aomori and Classical Cellist Julia Kang. Tomoya's innovative compositions and arrangements, influenced by his Jazz and Classical background, combined with Julia's versatile and musical cello playing gives AKDuo a sound that is new and unique.
Tomoya Aomori - Jazz Cellist, Bassist, Percussionist, and composer
Internationally renowned Tomoya Aomori is a multi-talented musician who is a highly experienced Jazz Cellist, Percussionist, Bassist, and a Composer. Through his vast knowledge and experience of both Jazz and Classical music, Tomoya strives to integrate the two aspects in a unique innovative approach, in hopes to break the boundaries of musical genres.
As a Jazz Cellist, Tomoya formed AKDuo, a husband-and-wife Cello Duo with his wife, Classical Cellist Julia Kang. Together they play Tomoya's original compositions and arrangements influenced by Classical and Jazz music. They have appeared live in Vermont Public Radio (VPR) and have performed in many venues across the world. AKDuo is in the artist roster for the Si-Yo Music Society Foundation.
As a Percussionist, Tomoya is a frequent sub with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony. Acclaimed by the New York Times as an "excellent marimba player", he has played various Percussion and Marimba concertos with the Juilliard Orchestra, New York Classical Players, Children’s Orchestra Society, and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.
As a Bassist, Tomoya was the 1st place winner at the International Society of Bassists Young Bassist Competition. He is currently on Faculty at The Juilliard School MAP Division on Bass and Percussion, Assistant Bass teacher at Juilliard Pre-College, and an Adjunct Bass Professor at Queens College. He has also played with prestigious ensembles such as the Sejong Soloists and the Met Chamber Ensemble.
As a Composer, Tomoya and his wife co-founded Sounding Nice, LLC., a music production company providing music for all types of media.
Tomoya Aomori is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he completed both his Undergraduate and Graduate degrees as a double major on Percussion and Double Bass. Upon graduating, he received the William Schuman Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music.
Julia MinJeong Kang - Cellist
Cellist Julia MinJeong Kang is an active performer known for her mastery of lyricism and versatility. Julia has played concertos with various professional orchestras such as the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, 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. She is a frequent sub with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and plays with groups such as the Mozart Orchestra of New York, New York Chamber Soloists, New York Classical Players, and Distinguished Concerts International New York. She has also played in multiple soundtracks of various films such as Noah, Hail Caesar, Extremely loud & Incredibly Close, and many other independent films.
She is a founder of AKDuo, a bass/cello duo that plays original compositions and arrangements. She plays with her Bassist/Composer 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 and Tomoya also co-foundedSounding Nice, LLC., a music production company providing music for all types of media.
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.