Welcome our cultural exchange partner, Bejing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra.
A native of Edmonton, Canada, Juliette Kang has been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra for 10 years. She came to Philadelphia from the Boston Symphony, where she served as assistant concertmaster from 2003 to 2005.
Ms. Kang’s solo engagements have included the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, l’Orchestre National de France conducted by Sir Yehudi Menuhin, the Baltimore Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Omaha Symphony, the Syracuse Symphony, and every major orchestra in Canada. Overseas she has also performed with the Czech Philharmonic, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the KBS Symphony in Seoul. She has given recitals in Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet, in Tokyo at Suntory Hall, in Boston at the Gardner Museum, and in New York at the 92nd Street Y and the Frick Museum. As gold medalist of the 1994 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, she was presented at Carnegie Hall in a recital that was recorded live and released on the Samsung/Nices label. She has also recorded two discs for CBC Records, including the Schumann Violin Concerto with the Vancouver Symphony.
Ms. Kang was a featured soloist in the Carnegie Hall debut of her hometown orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony, and she made her Philadelphia Orchestra solo subscription debut performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with conductor Gianandrea Noseda.
Ms. Kang has been actively involved with chamber music since studying quartets at the Curtis Institute of Music with Felix Galimir. Festivals she has participated in include Bravo! Vail Valley, Bridgehampton, Kingston Chamber Music, Marlboro, Moab (Utah), Skaneateles (New York), and Spoleto USA. In New York she has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, at the Mostly Mozart Festival with her husband, cellist Thomas Kraines, and at the Bard Music Festival. With Mr. Kraines, Philadelphia Orchestra colleague violist Che Hung Chen, and pianist Natalie Zhu, she has recently formed the Clarosa Quartet, dedicated to exploring and enriching the piano quartet repertoire.
After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from Curtis as a student of Jascha Brodsky, where she entered the school at age nine, she earned a Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Dorothy Delay and Robert Mann. She was a winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists Auditions, and she subsequently received first prize at the Menuhin Violin Competition of Paris in 1992. She lives in Center City with her husband and two daughters.
Photo: Jessica Griffin