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. Together they have appeared live on Vermont Public Radio (VPR), Kradio am1660, and have performed in many venues across the world. AKDuo has also run performance-workshops titled “Be Creative!” with young string players, encouraging them to be creative by use of improvisation to broaden their musical horizons. They have run workshops at the Juilliard School, Molloy College, Harbor Front Chamber Music Festival, and Korean Community Center. They recently released their first album [First Impression], a fusion of Classical, Jazz, and Pop music, all composed/arranged by Tomoya Aomori. The CD is available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes. AKDuo is in the artist roster for the Si-Yo Music Society Foundation (si-yomusic.org).
첼리스트 아오모리 토모야와 줄리아 강은 완벽한 음악적 호흡을 토 대로 2014년에 AKduo 를 결성, New York, New Jersey, Arizona, Vermont, Long Island 등 여러도시에서 연주회를 가졌으며 정통 클래식뿐아니라 팝 과 재즈를 편곡한 작품, 그리고 아오모리 토모야의 자작곡을 프로그램에 포함하여 관객들과 즐기고 소통할수있는 연주라는 호평을 받았다. AKDuo는 일본의 유명 재즈 피아니스 트 마츠나가 타카시를 초청해 <Breaking the boundaries between Jazz and Classical> 이라는 타이틀로 New York에서 연주회를 가졌고 <Vermont Summer Music Festival> 에 참여하여 Vermont Public Radio 에서 연주회를 가졌다. 일본에서도 활동중인 AKDuo는 여러 아티스트와 Collaboration을 가졌으며 일본 여러도시에서 성공적으로 연주회를 가졌다. AKDuo는 또한 음악교육에 깊은 관심 을 가지고 힘쓰고 있는데 The Juilliard School, Molloy College, Harbor Front Chamber Music festival 등등 다수의 학교와 페스티발에서 어린학생들을 위한 Be Creative! 라는 타이틀의 워크샾을 개최했다.
2017년 12월에는 AKDuo 의 첫 EP [Frist Impression] 을 발매했다. 이 앨범은 토모야 아오모리의 자작곡들로 이루어져있으며, 서정적인 멜로디와 아오모리의 팝,재즈, 그리고 클래식을 아우르는 크로스오버 작곡 스타일이 돋보인다. 현재 이 앨범의 수록곡과 다수의 자작곡으로 뉴저지, 뉴욕, 아리조나 등 여러도시에서 연주활동 중이다.
Tomoya Aomori - Cellist and Composer
Acclaimed for his exceptional musical talents, Tomoya Aomori is currently one of the foremost multi-genre Cellists in today’s music scene. Tomoya’s vast experience in both Jazz and Classical music allows him to express his music in a unique innovative approach. He has appeared on stages such as the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Blue Note, and Birdland with various orchestras and jazz groups. Tomoya and his wife Julia Kang formed AKDuo, a husband-and-wife Cello Duo that plays Tomoya's original compositions and arrangements influenced by Classical, Jazz, and Pop music (www.akduo.com). Together they have performed all over the world, as well as worked with young string players to encourage them to be creative in their music making, by use of improvisation to broaden their musical horizons. AKDuo is in the artist roster for the Si-Yo Music Society Foundation (si-yomusic.org). Tomoya is currently on faculty at The Juilliard School MAP division.
Tomoya Aomori is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he completed both his Undergraduate and Graduate degrees. 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, an avid chamber musician and a passionate educator. 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 and 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 soundtracks of various films such as A dog’s purpose, Collateral Beauty, Keeping up with the joneses, the girl on the train, Noah, Hail Caesar, Extremely loud & Incredibly Close, and many other major and independent films. Julia is currently on faculty at Lyra Summer Music Workshop at Smith College in Massachusetts.
Julia and her husband Tomoya Aomori formed AKDuo, a Cello Duo that plays Tomoya's original compositions and arrangements influenced by Classical, Jazz, and Pop music (AKDuo.com). Together they have appeared live on 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 (si-yomusic.org). AKDuo aims to create music and concert experience to better communicate with the new generation audiences.
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.