Grace Kang

Award winning cellist, music educator, music producer and arranger, Da Yoon Kang was born in Daegu, Korea. She moved to California and started playing the cello at age 10. From a young age, Da Yoon dedicated her life to performing music and served as principal cellist in many prestigious youth orchestras, beginning with the Irvine Unified School District Honor Orchestra; Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association Honor Orchestra; and Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. She continued to perform concerts in her college years, serving as a principal cellist in the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Symphony and Chamber Orchestra for three years as well as the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Philharmonic Orchestra. She often performed with the American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles.
 
Major awards include first prize in the Orange County Musical Arts Competition, Southwestern Youth Music Festival Competition, American String Teachers Association Competition, Fe Bland Scholarship Competition, Casals Cello Scholarship, UCSB Quarterly Performance Award, Music UCSB Affiliates Performance Award, Santa Barbara Chamber Ensemble Competition Winner as a part of the Mendelssohn Trio, and

UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Masters of Music Strings Scholarship.

Da Yoon took private lessons from Professor Richard Neil at The Colburn School of Music, and later that year she studied with Peter Stump, Cello Professor at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. While attending UCSB she was under the instruction of Professor Geoffrey Rutkowski and Professor Jacob Braun, former member of the Penderecki String Quartet and now a sought out recording artist, recording often for motion picture scores and television shows. Jacob Braun was a student of esteemed cellist Richard Aaron, Professor at The J uilliard School and the University of Michigan. During her Master’s Degree at UCLA  Da Yoon studied with Antonio Lysy who is a Latin Grammy Award Winning Cellist. After completing her graduate studies, she was under the tutelage of the inspiring David Garrett, a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

Currently, Da Yoon is a highly sought after cello instructor. She teaches at The Vienna Music Institute in Irvine, California. She is a faculty member at the Irvine Music Festival, a board member of the Musical Arts Competition of Orange County, and teaches studio class at the Pacific Academy Foundation Orchestra.