Clarinetist Cecilia Kang currently serves as the associate professor of clarinet at Louisiana State University and the clarinet artist faculty at Sewanee WinterFest and California Orchestra Institute. She enjoys a multi-faceted career as a concert clarinetist, educator and an adjudicator. A prize winner of the Canadian Music Competition and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life Competition, she has received numerous awards and grants from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington DC, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Metropolitan Arts Council, the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects, the Kingsway Foundation, and the Hendrickson Foundation.
Internationally, she has been invited to perform at Thy Chamber Music Festival (Denmark), Grumo Music Festival (Italy), Collingwood Music Festival (Canada), International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival (China), Seoul Arts Center (South Korea), Sori Arts Center of Jeollabuk-do (South Korea), Interflow Music Festival (Hong Kong), Castleton Music Festival (USA), Piccolo Spoleto Festival (USA), and Bay View Music Festival (USA).
Her passionate and innovative teaching style has been showcased at many renowned musical institutions around the world, including the University of Toronto (Canada), the University of Michigan (USA), Boston University (USA), Peabody Institute (USA), San Francisco Conservatory of Music (USA), Beijing Central Conservatory of Music (China), Shanghai Conservatory of Music (China), the University of Melbourne (Australia), Sai Wan Ho Civic Center (Hong Kong), National Taiwan University of Arts (Taiwan), Yonsei University (South Korea), Thailand International Clarinet Academy (Thailand), Conservatorio di Musica "G.Verdi" di Milano (Italy), and Minas Gerais Philharmonic Academy (Brazil).
In 2020, she founded the Silver Linings Initiative, a series of virtual panel discussions among clarinet artist-teachers around the world exchanging ideas and examining the paradigm shifts in clarinet pedagogy and performance modalities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights from the panel discussions were premiered at the Virtual WoodwindFest in October 2020.
Her notable engagements include lectures, recitals and clarinet pedagogy workshops at various conferences hosted by Music Educators Association across the United States, the College Music Society, the Midwest Clinic, the WoodwindFest and the International ClarinetFest. As an adjudicator, she has served on judging panels for the International Clarinet Association, the Music Teachers National Association, the College Music Society, the Interflow Band Festival of Hong Kong, the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition, and the International Young Artist Competition of France. Her publications have been featured on the Nineteenth-Century Music Review Journal, the GIA Publications and the Clarinet Journal.
Cecilia Kang earned 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 professional development residencies took place at Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music (Austria) and Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (Germany). Her main clarinet mentors include Yehuda Gilad, Daniel Gilbert, Joseph Orlowski, Joaquin Valdepenas, Avrahm Galper, and Zeng-Ming Liao.
She is a proud Vandoren and Buffet Crampon Performing Artist and Clinician and she is honored to serve on the Diversity Committee of the International Clarinet Association. Her research interests reside in the realms of interdisciplinary collaborations, cultural diplomacy and the creative process.