BSO: Edward and Bertha C. Rose chair, endowed in perpetuity
Elita Kang joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 1997 and was appointed assistant concertmaster in February 2001, occupying the Edward and Bertha C. Rose Chair. She is also assistant concertmaster of the Boston Pops Orchestra. As acting concertmaster of the BSO from January through August of 2013, she was critically acclaimed at Carnegie Hall by the New York Times and at Tanglewood by the Berkshire Eagle. In the 2009-10 season, while on leave from the BSO, she served by invitation as acting assistant concertmaster of the Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin. Recent performances as a concerto soloist include appearances with the Cape Ann Symphony and Boston Pops. She performs chamber music regularly with BSO colleagues, including several appearances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players at Jordan Hall, and has appeared at the Rockport Music Festival with that festival's artistic director, pianist David Deveau. Born in Manhattan, Elita Kang studied at the Juilliard School's Pre-College Division and received her bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia; while at Curtis she was a substitute player with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ms. Kang's teachers included Arnold Steinhardt, Yumi Ninomiya-Scott, Pamela Frank, Felix Galimir, Norman Carol, and Louise Behrend. She won the Juilliard Concerto Competition on two occasions, as well as Grand Prize in the America String Teachers Association Competition's pre-professional division. Ms. Kang is on the faculties of the Tanglewood Music Center and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School; she also teaches master classes at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and was a coach at the New World Symphony. When not immersed in music and music-making, she is an avid traveler.