Get to know the amazing musicians of the Memphis Symphony!
MSO First Season: 2007-2008
Long Long Kang began his musical education at an early age in his native country of Taiwan, beginning piano studies at the age of four, and violin studies at the age of five. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from National Taiwan Normal University, where he majored in violin performance and music education, with a minor in piano performance. Mr. Kang also earned a Master’s degree from the Mannes College of Music in New York City, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Memphis, majoring in violin performance, with a minor in viola performance.
Mr. Kang is currently a member of the first violin section of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. In the past, he has also been a member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Rockefeller Quartet in Little Rock, AR, during the 2005-06 season. In addition, he has performed with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles in Europe, Asia, and the United States, including performances at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City. He also performs regularly with his wife, pianist Jennifer Lee Kang. Mr. Kang has won many awards and scholarships, including prizes at the Taipei City Violin Competition (Gold Medal) and Taiwan National Violin Competition, a Yamaha Academic Scholarship, a graduate assistantship at the University of Memphis, and was the winner of the concerto competition at the University of Memphis in 2007.
In addition to performing, Mr. Kang has been actively teaching since 1996. He was a teaching assistant at the Mannes College of Music and a violin instructor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Community School and the Arkansas School for the Blind. He is a registered Suzuki instructor, and has taught at the University of Memphis as a violin instructor as well. In the summer of 2008, he taught violin and chamber music at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Michigan, and he also taught at the Shelby County Schools Fine Arts Camp in 2009 and 2010, and the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival in Conway, AR in 2010. Currently, he is an orchestra director in Shelby County Schools and a violin professor at the Harding University.