Dr. Cecilia Kang currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at North Dakota State University. She previously held teaching positions at Concordia University, the University of Michigan, and Luzerne Music Center. She is also active internationally as a Rico Performing Artist and Clinician.
Her multifaceted career as a performer, educator and a scholar has taken her around the globe to Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, USA, South Korea and China. A laureate of the Canadian Music Competition and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life Competition, she is also a recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects, the Kingsway Foundation, University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, DC.
An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with the members of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Danish Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She has also appeared as a guest clarinetist with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Brave New Works Contemporary Ensemble, the Luzerne Chamber Players, the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Internationally, she has performed at the Thy Chamber Music Festival (Denmark), the IMPULS Contemporary Music Festival (Austria), the ONCE MORE Festival (USA), Luzerne Music Center (USA), Collingwood Music Festival (Canada), the Banff Centre (Canada), the Brandon University Clarinet Festival (Canada) and the International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival (China).
An advocate of New Music, Dr. Kang has collaborated with composers Thomas Adès, John Corigliano, Paul Schoenfield, and Donald Scarvada. Her creative programming and interdisciplinary collaborations integrating music with multimedia, electronics, dance and visual arts genres have been well received among audiences throughout North America. A humanitarian at heart, she believes in the powerful link between music and social justice. As a scholar, her research explores the innovative role of musicians in cultural diplomacy and in the public humanities.
She obtained a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto. Her main teachers include Yehuda Gilad, Daniel Gilbert, Joaquin Valdepenas, Joseph Orlowski, Avrahm Galper and Zeng-Ming Liao. She also played for many world renowned clarinetists such as Martin Frost, Karl Leister, Walter Seyfarth, Alexand Bader, Herman Stefansson, Hans Christian Braein, Eduard Brunner, Frank Cohen, Ted Oien, Mark Nuccio, Bob Crowley and James Campbell among many others.