Hyo Kang, Artistic Director

Hyo Kang, artistic director of Sejong Soloists, has led a flourishing and versatile career as violinist, teacher and artistic director for the past three decades. He has made numerous concert tours in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, and Central America. As a member of the highly acclaimed Theatre Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for more than twenty years, he has given many works their American premiers, and enjoyed musical collaborations with artists such as Leon Fleisher, Pina Carmirelli, Walter Trampler and André Watts.

Mr. Kang has been on the faculty of the Juilliard School since 1978 and professor at the Yale School of Music since 2006. He has given master classes in the U.S., Korea, Japan, and Mexico and was on the faculties of the Aspen Music School in Colorado from 1978-2005 and the Japan-Aspen Music Festival in Nagano, Japan from 1994-97. His students have distinguished themselves with top prizes at the world's most prestigious competitions and are performing with major orchestras worldwide. Mr. Kang's former students include Gil Shaham, Sarah Chang, and Chee-Yun, among many others. Hyo Kang was born in Seoul, Korea and graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay. Recently he was the subject of a Korean Broadcasting System television documentary titled Teaching Genius: Juilliard Professor, Hyo Kang.

In March 2003 the government of Korea awarded him the National Arts Medal for his contribution to the arts. He was the Founding Artistic Director of the Great Mountains International Music Festival in PyeongChang, South Korea and served as such from 2004 through 2010. In 2010 Mr. Kang was honored with the Daewon Music Awards Grand Prize, the most prestigious music award in Korea.