We are thrilled to introduce our newest musicians, Deux Cellos! Deux Cellos is made up of world-renowned cellists, Judy Kang and Kinga Bacik.
A bit about Judy: Taiwanese-American cellist, Judy Kang, launched her career with a performance for world-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, when he visited her hometown of Taipei, Taiwan as a part of his Worldwide Master Tour. Kang’s reputation earned her a full scholarship at the USC Thornton School of Music, where she became the first musician in USC history to earn a double degree in both cello and piano performance.
A bit about Kinga: Ms. Kinga Bacik, is an active solo and chamber musician based in the greater Los Angeles area. She began her artistic career after receiving her Master’s Degree in cello performance and educational studies at the Chopin University of Music in Poland. After years of musical travels she moved to the United States to continue her education where in 2014 she obtained her Graduate Performance Diploma from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
1. Where are you from?
Judy: I was born in Taipei, Taiwan. Moved to LA when I was 16′
Kinga: I am from Poland. Was born in Tarnow. A small lovely town in the mountains. I moved to Warsaw at the age of 20 where I lived and worked for many years.
2. When did you start playing an instrument?
Judy: I started playing piano at age 6, then started playing cello at 8.
Kinga: Started playing cello at the age of 7. But I never took it seriously enough to practice regularly. I decided to be a professional musician when turned 14, then the real hard work began.
3. What made you pursue it as a career?
Judy: I realized I can’t live without music and playing my instruments
Kinga: At some point, I found out that playing the cello is a significant part of my life and there is nothing else I can imagine doing for the rest of my life.
4. What or who is your musical influence?
Judy: Past and present. When I heard Yo-Yo-Ma live the first time when I was 8 years old, I asked my parents for a cello and started playing ever since.
Kinga: My influence? Michael Jordan. I admire talented and hardworking people, also, I’ve been a loyal basketball fan for years now. When you ask about musical influence I am not able to name one
5. What is your favorite part of an event?
Judy: The feeling of looking up to the entire audience and seeing that they are enjoying your music and performance is the most satisfying/happiest moment being on stage
6. What’s the craziest or most memorable thing that has happened at a wedding/event?
Judy: Once at an event/wedding, I was requested to play the Bach Solo Cello Suite. After the performance, my longtime idol Yo-Yo-Ma’s son came up to me and told me he loved the performance!!! And he said his dad would have loved it, too!
Kinga: I love to watch audience’s reaction when performing, it’s amazing to see their energy! Every event is different, but I like to talk to the guests afterwards.
7. What inspires you?
Judy: LOVE, SOUL, and MUSIC