Dong-Yun Kwon is a bassoonist originally from South Korea, now living in Nashvile TN, United States. She was the first woman to win a bassoon position in Korea’s top KBS Symphony Orchestra. She played there for twelve years. She also served as principal bassoon in Busan philharmonic Orchestra for seven years. During that time Dong-Yun was also principal bassoon of the Asian Six Nations Orchestra in Fukuoka, Japan, for four years. Dong-Yun is one of the founding members of the first Korean Women’s Woodwind Quintet.
Dong-Yun has had a distinguished career as a symphony bassoonist, recording artist, chamber
musician, and as a featured soloist with orchestras in Asia, Europe, Russia and America. She has
appeared with St. Petersburg Academy Symphony Orchestra and Moscow Chamber Orchestra
in Russia, Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra and Sofia Chamber Orchestra in Bulgaria. The Port
Angeles Symphony Orchestra in Washington, Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Western Kentucky
Orchestra Campbellsville University Orchestra in KY. In Korea, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra,
Daegu Symphony Orchestra, Daegu Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulsan Philharmonic Orchestra, Chinhae
Symphony Orchestra, Busan Sinfornia Orchestra, Seoul Academy Ensemble, KBS Symphony String
Ensemble, Busan Symphony String Ensemble, Seoul Percussion Ensemble and many others.
Also, she did recitals with internationally known performers such as Emmanuel Abbuel, Kirill Sokolov,
Otto Eifert, Valery Vischnevsky and Popov to name of few.
While on tour with the Busan Philharmonic, Dong-Yun had the honor of playing principal bassoon
in some of the world's greatest concert halls such as: Carnegie Hall in New York, Kennedy Hall in
Washington DC, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco,
Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur Hall in Malaysian, Thailand Cultural Centre
in Bangkok, Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Hong Kong, NHK Hall, Fukuoka Symphony Hall. Osaka
Philharmonic Hall in Japan, De Doelen Hall in Rotterdam, Het Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam
Holland. Seoul Art Center, Se Jong Hall in Seoul Korea…………………and many more.
Dong-Yun graduated at the top of her class from Daegu Catholic University, where she earned
a Bachelors and Master’s Degree. After that she studied in Holland and received a Performance
Soloist Degree from Rotterdam Royal Conservatory. While in school she won the prestigious “Seoul
Dong-A International Music Competition”. Ten years later she was asked to become a judge for that
competition. She remained a judge until she moved to the United States.
Dong-Yun was the first Bassoonist in Korea to record a solo CD. Her first 2 CD’s got favorable
reviews from Ron Klimko of the IDRS. "Dong-yun has a lovely tone quality, with a nice vibrato and a
broad dynamic range. Her technique is very strong and well suited to the technical demands of the
music...” (The Double Reed” Ron Klimko). Dong-Yun now has 3 CD’s that are sold all of the world.
The Asiana Airline chose her first CD which was one of the top rated classical CD’s of that year along
with Sara Chang to be featured on their International flights.
Dong-Yun taught many private students, master classes and at several university in Korea. In 2001
Dong-Yun was invited to give a solo recital and teach bassoon at the Pennsylvania Governor’s
School for the Arts. Since moving to America Dong-Yun has taught at Western Kentucky University.
She served as principal bassoonist in the Western Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra
Currently she is teaching at Campbellsville University since 2003. She plays principal bassoon in
the Paducah Symphony Orchestra also member of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and Nashville
Double Reed Ensemble and others orchestra in the area. Dong-yun plays Heckel bassoons. Currently
she plays 7000 and 8000 series. In 2010 Dong-Yun married music professor Robert Shankle and
became Dong- Yun Kwon Shankle.