Oboe Duo Agosto was created in 2009 by Ling-Fei Kang, oboe and Charles Huang, oboe and English horn. They promote the oboe’s sound and popularity through original and arranged pieces, and by advocating new music. The duo has commissioned works from composers such as Andrea Clearfield, David Macbride and Feng-Hsu Lee, and has featured them in concerts at the International Double Reed Society Conference, and the 2014 Hartford Women Composers Festival as the ensemble in residence. Other performance highlights include a 2-week residency at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts in New York City, La Chappelle historique du Bon Pasteur in Montreal, and other venues. One of their innovative projects combines the music of Clearfield’s Daughter of the Sea and the choreography of Katie Stevinson-Nollet, all performed by the duo. They recently completed Imaginary Birds, a recording of oboe and English horn music by composer, Phil Salathé, on Ravello Records. Committed to teaching, the duo gives educational workshops through Hartford Performs, an arts program for the Hartford Public Schools. Throughout their presentations they highlight the role of new music written for their instrument. They have been frequent guests at universities and colleges for masterclasses and concerts, including the Universities of Kentucky, Alabama, Northern Colorado, the Lucarelli Oboe Master Class, National Chiayi University in Taiwan and the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza, Brazil.
Dr. Charles Huang has performed in chamber music and solo recitals in the United States and Canada, as well as Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Thailand and throughout Taiwan. He has concertized with members of the Miami String Quartet, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and with soloists Humbert Lucarelli, Henrique Pinto, and Angel Romero. A founding member of Oboe Duo Agosto and the Sylvanus Ensemble, he is active in commissioning new works and advancing a wide variety of repertoire for their concerts. Huang has been a Fulbright Scholar, semi-finalist in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, scholarship recipient to the Music Academy of the West and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and a winner of the Miami String Quartet Competition. He is currently teaching oboe and chamber music at The Hartt School Community Division, and has previously been invited to teach masterclasses and perform at, amongst others, SUNY Stonybrook, the University of Michigan and at CCM, Cincinnati. Past positions include Artist Teacher and Coordinator for Chamber Music at Hartt, and Professor of Oboe at the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza, Brazil.
A native of Taiwan, oboist Ling-Fei Kang has performed as chamber musician and soloist in North, South America and Asia, including recitals at the Brazilian Double Reed Association in João Pessoa, the conferences of the Asian Double Reed Association in Bangkok, and the International Double Reed Society in Redlands, Tokyo, and Granada. She served as Professor of Oboe at the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza, Brazil and given master classes at Universidad do Estado de Minas Gerais, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Northern Colorado and Washington State University. She is a grant-recipient of Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Taiwanese National Culture and Arts Foundation. Ms. Kang graduated with the Prix avec grande distinction from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and also earned an Artist Diploma from The Hartt School, University of Hartford. Her principal teachers include Humbert Lucarelli and Bernard Jean.