Mira Kang

Cellist Mira Kang has performed throughout South Korea, northeastern USA, and Germany as a recitalist and chamber musician. Her first public concert was at the age of 16 as a guest artist of the Young Performer's Ensemble Series of the Seoul International Music Festival, which featured celebrated musicians from around the world. She also appeared on an MBC Television Broadcast in Korea as a featured artist in a classical music program. She followed this with a successful debut concert as a soloist with the Seoul Civic Orchestra. 

After graduating from Seoul National University, Kang continued her studies at the Manhattan School of Music, where she received a Master of Music degree. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts from Rutgers University, where she studied with full scholarship and served as a part-time lecturer. Kang made her New York debut recital at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the Artist International Competition.  

Kang is an active teacher and educator as well. Seven of her students were chosen to participate in All-State Intermediate Orchestra and four cellists in All-State High school Orchestra this year. Her energetic and nurturing teaching leads her students win competitions and auditions with outstanding results. She has also judged local competitions such as the National League of Performing Arts and Young Virtuosi Recital Competitions. Kang has participated in the Northern Lights Music Festival on its faculty and as a performer since 2012. With the Bravura Youth Orchestra, she has served as a conductor and a chamber music director. In the summer of 2013, Kang worked as a co-director of Bravura Summer Music at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.   

Her favorite collaboration is featured in the CD release “Lullaby” with the American Boychoir.

  • Divisions

    Private Teaching Studio, student achievements (past three years only)
    2012–13 Academic Year
    Seven cellists in the 16-seat cello section of Intermediate All-State Orchestra, ranked in 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 11th places
    One cellist in the All-National Honor Ensemble hosted by NAME
    Four cellists in the 16-seat cello section of High School All-State Orchestra, ranked in 4th, 6th, 8th and 9th places
    One principal cello and one assistant principal cello in Central NJ Regional High school Orchestra
    Winner of Concerto Competition hosted by Central NJ Regional Orchestra 
    Winner of Concerto Competition hosted by Sinfonietta Nova 
    2011–12 Academic Year
    Six cellists (including two coaching students) in the cello section of Intermediate All-State Orchestra, ranked in 3rd, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th and 15th places
    Two cellists in the cello section of High school All-State Orchestra, ranked in 1st and 13th places
    Highlights of Administrative Works on Teaching and Performance 
    2013 - Director, Bravura Summer Music, Lawrenceville, NJ (June 26–July 6)  
    Coordinated 32 participants into 13 chamber groups
    Chamber Music Director, Bravura Youth Orchestra (East Brunswick, NJ)
    Coordinated 80 students into 14 chamber groups
    2010–12 - Co-founder and Conductor, Bravura Youth Orchestra
    (Number of participants increasing from 23 to 87 in three years)
    2004–09 - Director, International Senfkorn Music Friends 
    2006 - Conductor and Director, Christmas Concert at Epworth United Methodist Church, Palmyra, NJ
    65 performers and 15 staff members in a congregation of 130, with 250 people in audience, the largest recorded attendance of the church in two decades, receiving enthusiastic community support and becoming a new annual tradition
  • Associated Programs

    Orchestral Performance:
    Principal (denoted by *) and Associate Principal (denoted by **) Positions only
    Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra, Plainsboro, NJ (2008–Ccurrent)*
    Battleground Symphony, Manalapan, NJ (2002)*
    Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Concert, Trenton, NJ (2002)*
    Jersey City State University Orchestra, Jersey City, NJ (1994–97)*
    Manhattan Philharmonia Orchestra, New York City, NY (1994)*
    New York Seoul Symphony Orchestra, New York City, NY (1993–94)**
    Collegia Musicum of Seoul Chamber Orchestra, Seoul, Korea (1991–92)**
    Seoul National University Opera, Pusan and Daegoo, Korea (1990)**
    Seoul Music Academy Orchestra, Seoul, Korea (1989–90)*
    Ars Chamber Orchestra, Seoul, Korea (1988)**
  • Courses Taught

    Experience in Education
    Director and Instructor, Bravura Summer Music, Lawrenceville, NJ (2013)
    Chamber Music Director, Bravura Youth Orchestra, East Brunswick, NJ (2013)
    Instructor, Northern Lights International Music Festival, Aurora, MN (2012)
    Judge, Young Virtuosi Recital Competition, Caldwell, NJ (2012)
    Conductor, Bravura Youth Orchestra (2010–12)
    Judge, National League of Performing Arts Competition, South Orange, NJ (2011)
    Judge, NJMTA Spring Recital Audition, Princeton, NJ (2011)
    Judge, NJMTA Spring Recital Audition, Princeton, NJ (2009)
    Instructor, Glory Music Institution, Edison, NJ (2001–02)
    Private Cello Instructor, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (Fall 1998–Spring 1999) 
    Undergraduate Ensemble Coach, Rutgers University (Spring 1998)
  • Education

    DMA: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (2006)
    Professional Studies Certificate: Manhattan School of Music (1996)
    MM: Manhattan School of Music (1995)
    BA: Seoul National University (1992)
    Principal Teachers
    Jonathan Spitz, Zara Nelsova, David Geber, Julia Lichten, Chung Sim Back
    Master classes – participant
    Nathaniel Rosen, Myung Wha Chung, Jaime Laredo, Stephan Kates
  • Awards

    Awards and Scholarships
    Internship, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (1997–2000)
    Full scholarship, Killington Music Festival, Killington, VT (Summer 1999)
    Full scholarship, Elan Music Festival, Stow, VT (Summer 1998)
    Artists International’s Annual Special Presentation Award, New York City, NY (1997)
    Scholarship, Manhattan School of Music, New York City, NY (1994–96)
    Academic Scholarship, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea (1989)