AKDuo is a piano/cello duo that consists of multi-talented pianist/composer Tomoya Aomori and cellist Julia Kang. Tomoya's innovative compositions, 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 - Pianist, Composer, Bassist, and Percussionist
Internationally renowned Tomoya Aomori is a multi-talented musician who is a highly experienced Pianist, Composer, Bassist, and Percussionist. 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.
Using his multiple skills, he and his wife Julia Kang formed AKDuo, a piano/cello duo that plays instrumental pop music. Together 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 well as Musica Themis artist management in Japan. Tomoya is a co-founder and President of a record label and music production company called Sounding Nice, LLC.
Tomoya is also the creator and founder of playthe5bass.com, where he promotes the advantages of the 5bass, a 5-string Bass tuned in 5ths tuning. He has worked with various Bass luthiers, including Bob Spear and Barrie Kolstein, to create a new type of Bass that suits the modern demands of the Bass as a solo virtuoso instrument.
As a Bassist, Tomoya was the 1st place winner at the International Society of Bassists Young Bassist Competition. He is currently the Assistant Bass teacher at Juilliard Pre-College, and an Adjunct Bass Professor at Queens College.
Acclaimed by the New York Times as an "excellent marimba player", Tomoya is a frequent sub with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony as a percussionist. He has played various Percussion and Marimba concertos with the Juilliard Orchestra, Children’s Orchestra Society, and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.
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.
To hear Tomoya's compositions, visit TomoyaAomori.com.
Julia MinJeong Kang - Cellist
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 piano/cello duo that plays instrumental pop music. 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 co-founder and an executive director of a record label and music production company called 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.