A musical duo that celebrates the oboe and its unique sound presented a recital and conducted a masterclass with music students at Loomis Chaffee on January 9 and 11.
Oboe Duo Agosto, comprised of Ling-Fei Kang on oboe and Charles Huang on oboe and English horn, performed original and arranged pieces and newly commissioned works featuring the oboe on Tuesday, January 9. On Thursday, January 11, Ms. Kang and Mr. Huang conducted a masterclass with groups of musicians in Loomis' Wind Ensemble.
The pair have taken part in numerous music festivals and performed at venues and universities across the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Asia. The duo performed at the International Double Reed and the Asian Double Reed Society conferences and as the "ensemble-in-residence" at the Hartford Women Composers Festival. Their residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, featured several commissioned pieces alongside new collaborations with other artists, including the outdoor sound installation for the Convergence Summit on Art and Technology. In their recent project "Daughter of the Sea," an original composition written for them by Andrea Clearfield, Ms. Kang and Mr. Huang explored a new creative dimension by performing music, spoken word, and choreography.
Mr. Huang has performed in chamber, orchestral, and solo music recitals in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Thailand, and throughout Taiwan, and he has assumed instructional roles at universities and music schools across the United States. A founding member of Oboe Duo Agosto and the Sylvanus Ensemble, he is active in commissioning new works and advancing a wide variety of repertoire for their concerts. Mr. Huang is a Fulbright Scholar, was a semifinalist in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, received a scholarship to the Music Academy of the West and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and won the Miami String Quartet Competition.
Ms. Kang has performed as a chamber musician and soloist in North and South America and Asia. She served as professor of oboe at the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza, Brazil, and has presented masterclasses at Universidad do Estato de Minas Gerais, University of Southern Mississippi, University of South Alabama, University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Alabama. She is a grant-recipient of Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Taiwanese National Culture and Arts Foundation.
Ms. Kang and Mr. Hunag's visit to Loomis was supported in part by the Joseph Stookins Guest Musician and Lecture Fund.