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 - 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.