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AKDuo presents Takashi Matsunaga
Tenri Cultural Institute
New York, NY
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AKDuo presents Takashi Matsunaga
AKDuo presents Takashi Matsunaga
A New Generation of Original Music
~Breaking the boundaries between Jazz and Classical

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Tomoya Aomori - Bass and Percussion
Julia Kang - Cello
Takashi Matsunaga - Piano

All pieces written by Tomoya Aomori and Takashi Matsunaga.

Tenri Cultural Institute
43 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011
Adults $25, Students $15

This concert is sponsored by:
Mita Securities co., ltd & Mita Securities SingaporePTE. LTD
Strategic Scenario Co.,Ltd.

Tomoya Aomori - Bass and Percussion

Tomoya Aomori is an active soloist and chamber musician who performs concerts and recitals worldwide both as a Bassist and a Percussionist.

As a Bassist, he tours around the world with his Cellist wife Julia Kang, playing and organizing concerts and events under the name Aomori-Kang Duo ( He is also a regular performer with the New York Chamber soloists, and he was the 1st place winner at the International Society of Bassists Young Bassist Competition in 2003. He is the Assistant Bass teacher at the Juilliard Pre-College, and an Adjunct Bass Professor at Queens College.

As a Percussionist, he is a frequent sub with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and has played concertos with the Juilliard Orchestra, Children's Orchestra Society, and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. He was featured at Alice Tully Hall's Opening night performing Osvaldo Golijov's "Mariel" with cellist Maya Beiser, and has appeared at Carnegie Hall with the Met Chamber Ensemble performing Pierre Boulez's "Sur Incises" under James Levine.

Tomoya Aomori is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he completed both his Undergraduate and Graduate degrees as a double major on Percussion and Double Bass.

He is the founder of, a website promoting the advantages of playing a 5-string Bass tuned in 5ths tuning.


Julia Kang - Cello

Cellist Julia MinJeong Kang is a versatile musician with a growing career as a soloist and a chamber musician.

She has been featured as a soloist with several orchestras, including the "Arco" Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Pops Orchestra, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Neeme Järvi. Mrs. Kang has also been heard in the Young Musician's Concert at Carnegie Hall, a radio show "From the Top", and has given many solo recitals across the United States.

Recognized in numerous competitions, she has won the first prize in the Associated Music Teacher's League of NY and ASTA state competition, as well as second prize and third prizes in New Jersey Symphony Young Artist Auditions. Other awards and honors include the Governor's Award in Arts Education, Merit Award from ARTS, Children's Foundation for the Arts Scholarship Award, the Samuel Mayes Memorial Cello Award, and Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship Award.

As an active chamber musician, she won the 2007 Lillian Fuchs chamber competition. She has played with chamber groups such as Solisti Ensemble, Salome Chamber Orchestra, Paumonok Trio, and Camarata Virtuosi.  She has attended the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Castleton Music Festival. She is currently a chamber music/cello faculty at Children's Orchestra Society and a newly appointed Applied Strings Adjunct faculty at Molloy College.

Mrs. Kang received her Bachelor's degree from Manhattan School of Music in 2007, and Master's degree from The Juilliard School in 2009. Her past teachers include Marion Feldman and Bonnie Hampton.

She is currently pursuing her DMA degree at Stony Brook University under the instruction of Colin Carr. She is a recipient of the Staller Scholar Award.  

Julia is married to bassist and percussionist Tomoya Aomori, and together they perform as the Aomori-Kang Duo (


Takashi Matsunaga - Piano, Composer
Born in 1986. Jazz giant, Hank Jones praised his piano skill when Takashi was 13. Matsunaga has made his debut at the age of 17 with the album "Takashi" which became a best seller.
After performing with Herbie Hancock at Tokyo Jazz 2013, he was acclaimedfrom musicians from all over the world.
In 2004, released the album "Strom Zone" in USA, Europe and Asian countries and became the youngest artist to record a leader album for the renowned Blue Note label in it's 75 year history by breaking the record of Miles Davis.
He writes and plays various theme music for news programs & TVcommercials.
He also works on classical music enthusiastically and plays with many orchestras inside and outside of Japan.
He played with his own Jazz piano Trio in front of the Crown Prince & Princess Aiko in 2009 and he also played solo in front of prime minister Abe in 2013.
In December 2013, Takashi Matsunaga performed piano at the Louvre museum for SNBA reception supported by Francois Hollande.
His distinguished sense of rhythm and overwhelming pianism are critically acclaimed from both inside and outside of Japan.



Tenri Cultural Institute (View)
43A West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011
United States

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Music > All Ages
Music > Classical
Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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