Cited by the Los Angeles Times as a “prodigiously talented pianist with great technical virtuosity and interpretive gifts,” pianist Sang Woo Kang has drawn attention as a captivating musician who thrills audiences with interpretive clarity and vision. He successfully balances an active performing career as a soloist and chamber musician with teaching at Providence College, where he is Assistant Professor of Music.
Dr. Kang made his orchestral debut with the Colorado Pueblo Symphony Orchestra at the age of 9, and accolades soon followed. He won top prizes at the Los Angeles Scholarship Competition, CSMTA competition, MTNA competition, and the Mozart Festival Young Artist International Competition, to mention a few. In 1999, Dr. Kang was awarded the Eastman Professional Fellowship, and as a result, was chosen to perform at the Moulin d’Ande Music Festival in France. He later made his solo recital debut at Concert Hall in St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia.
As Artist in Residence at DUMBO Space in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Kang has recorded clarinet sonatas by Brahms at the Curtis Institute and released on the EMI label. Dr. Kang will be featured in two new recordings to be released in 2010 on Stomp Music: one recording including both music of Curtis graduate composer Sheridan Seyfried and a collection of new works by composer Solbong Kim; and another recording of American clarinet and piano repertoire from the 20th century.
A devoted teacher and educator, Dr. Kang has taught at Eastman School of Music, Juilliard School, SUNY Fredonia, University of Rochester, Hochstein School of Music in Rochester, NY, New England Music Camp, and Hartwick Summer Music Festival. In 2005, as a result of his teaching accomplishments in undergraduate piano instruction, Eastman School of Music awarded him with the prize “excellence in teaching.” In 2009-2010, along with his concerts, Dr. Kang will be presenting master classes and workshops in Korea, Japan, Thailand, and Singapore. He is founder and director of the summer piano institute and seminar at the Atlantic Music Festival, an intensive four week event dedicated to exploring all aspects of piano performance and pedagogy, as well as helping to promote and perform new works by American composers.
An active performer, Dr. Kang’s upcoming international recital performances include Long Sieu Doh University in Singapore, Goethe Institute in Thailand, Sehjong Cultural Center and Ceramic Palace Hall in Seoul, Korea, Showa University in Japan, and Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine. He will also be performing in Weill Hall in Boston, at Carnegie Hall, and Steinway Hall in NY, among other venues.
Dr. Kang is a graduate of Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, where he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
Visit his website at www.sangwookang.com. This website will be regularly updated with his concert schedule and other events.