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The Chinese violist Wenting Kang appeared as an “excellent violist” who “possesses a dark glowing sound” in New York Times after her performance in the Marlboro Music Festival tour performance at Carnegie Hall. Kang’s playing also has been described as “elegant, precise and not without expressive intensity” as well as “pure, muscular tone-passionate without ever losing a sense of control” in Boston Musical Intelligencer.
As a soloist, Kang performed with Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra and Tokyo TOHO Gakuen Orchestra, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. She has given solo performances in prestigious concert venues such as Jordan Hall in Boston, Kioi Hall and Ishibashi Memorial Hall in Tokyo.
Kang was the recipient of the First Prize in the 2nd edition of the Tokyo International Viola Competition in 2012. She has also won the top prizes in the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante Competition at New England Conservatory, the 5th August Dombrovska International Competition, the Concerto Competition of the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, and the 1st China Viola Festival and National Viola Competition where she won additional awards for her performances of Concerto and Contemporary piece. In addition, she won the Third Prize of the Johannes Brahms International Competition in 2010 as well as the Robertson Prize at the Primrose International Viola Competition in 2011.
As an active chamber musician, Kang has been invited to international music festivals such as Marlboro Music Festival, Steans Institute at Ravinia Festival, Yellow Barn Music Festival, Monadnock Festival in the US, Viola Space in Tokyo, and Chamber Music Connects the World at Kronberg. The renowned artists whom she has shared the stage include Kim Kashkashian, Nobuko Imai, Antoine Tamestit, Steven Isserlis, Christian Tetzlaff, Lucy Chapman, Donald Palma, Paul Katz, Peter Wiley and Marcy Rosen.
Currently studying at Kronberg Academy as a young soloist for her Master Degree working with Nobuko Imai, she also has a position in the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. She achieved her Master of Music Degree and Graduate Diploma with Kim Kashkashian and Garth Knox at the New England Conservatory, where she has worked as exchange student with renowned violinists Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried. She is also Assistant Professor in the Fundación BBVA Viola Chair of Nobuko Imai at the Reina Sofía School of Music.