Oboe Duo Agosto was created in 2009 by Ling-Fei Kang, oboe and Charles Huang, oboe and English horn. Advocates of the oboe, they aim to promote its sound and popularity through original oboe duos, arranged pieces, and newly commissioned works.
Based in Connecticut, U. S. A., Oboe Duo Agosto’s wide spectrum of styles includes music from the Beatles to Vivaldi, alongside folk songs, contemporary and theatrical pieces. Audiences have enjoyed their exotic combination of oboe and English horn in music festivals and venues across the United States, in Canada, Brazil, and Asia.
The Duo performed at the 2013 International Double Reed Society Conference in Redlands, California, and was featured as the ensemble in residence at the 2014 Hartford Women Composers Festival. In November of 2014, the ensemble completed a 2-week residency at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, which included their own performances and also participation in an outdoor sound installation for the Convergence Summit on Art and Technology. In 2015, the duo presented Daughter of the Sea, an interdisciplinary work that combines music, poetry and choreography at the IDRS Conference in Tokyo, Japan.
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 serving as Artist Teacher of Oboe at The Hartt School. Other positions have included Coordinator for Chamber Music at The Hartt School, 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 with Oboe Duo Agosto at the conferences of the Asian Double Reed Association in Bangkok, Thailand, and the International Double Reed Society in Redlands, California and Tokyo, Japan. From 2010 to 2013, she served as Professor of Oboe at the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza, Brazil, where she taught oboe and reed making to local students, collaborated with Festival Faculty and explored the Brazilian popular music genre, choro. 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.