Juliette Kang, violin

Appointed first associate concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2005, Canadian violinist Juliette Kang enjoys an active and varied career. Previously assistant concertmaster of the Boston Symphony and a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Ms. Kang’s solo engagements have included the San Francisco Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Omaha Symphony, the Syracuse Symphony, and every major orchestra in Canada. Internationally she has performed with the Czech Philharmonic, l’Orchestre National de France, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the KBS Symphony in Seoul. She has given recitals in Philadelphia, Paris, Tokyo, and Boston. In 1994 she won gold medal at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and was presented at New York's Carnegie Hall in a recital that was recorded live and released on CD. 

In 2012 Ms. Kang was again a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall for the visit of her hometown orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony. She is a regular soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, having performed concertos under the batons of Gianandrea Noseda, Stephane Deneve, music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin, and others. She was the 2020 recipient of the C Hartman Kuhn Award, given annually to the member “who has shown ability and enterprise of such character as to enhance the standards and the reputation of the ensemble.”

Ms. Kang has been involved with chamber music since studying at the Curtis Institute of Music. Festivals she has participated in include Bravo! Vail, Kingston (RI), Marlboro, Moab, Skaneateles, and Spoleto USA. In New York she has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; at the Mostly Mozart Festival with her husband, cellist Thomas Kraines; and at the Bard Music Festival. 

She has served on the Central Board of Trustees at Philadelphia's Settlement Music School, one of the oldest and largest community schools of the arts in the country, founded in 1908 and having served more than 300,000 students since. She is also an educator and supporter of the Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY), an initiative that supports 5th-12th grade students from communities that are historically excluded on the symphony orchestra stage.