Dong-Yun Kwon is a bassoonist originally from South Korea, now living in the United States. She was the first woman to win a bassoon position in Korea’s top orchestra, 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. Also Dong-Yun is one of the founding members of the Korean Women’s Woodwind Quintet.
Along with her symphony duties in Korea, Dong-Yun had an extensive career as a soloist. She has appeared with St. Petersburg Academy Symphony Orchestra and Moscow Chamber Orchestra in Russia, Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra and Sofia Chamber Orchestra in Bulgaria. In Korea, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, Daegu Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulsan Philharmonic Orchestra, Chinhae Symphony Orchestra, Busan Sinforniata Orchestra, Seoul Academy Ensemble, KBS String Ensemble, Busan String Ensemble, Seoul Percussion Ensemble and many others. In the United States, she has been featured soloist with the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra in Washington, Western Kentucky Orchestra and Campbellsville University Orchestra. Dong-Yun gave numerous solo recitals in Korea and other countries in Asia, Europe and America. She did recitals with internationally known performers such as Emmanuel Abbuel, Kirill Sokolov, Otto Eifert and Valery Vischnevsky, to name a 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 Holland, Het Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam Holland. Seoul Art Center in Seoul Korea…………………and many more.
Dong-Yun graduated at the top of her music school with a Bachelors and Graduate degree from Daegu Catholic University. After that she studied in Holland and received a Performance Soloist Degree from Rotterdam Royal Conservatory. While in school she won the prestigious “Dong-A International Music Competition”. Ten years later she had the honor of becoming a judge for that competition. She remained a judge until she moved to the U.S.
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 have been distributed all over the world. The Asiana Airline chose her first CD to be featured on their International flights.
Dong-Yun’s high profile solo career had made her a much sought after teacher in Korea. Along with teaching private lessons and master classes, for 15 years she also taught at over 10 universities in Korea, including Busan National University, Daegu Catholic University and many others. In the summer of 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 in 2001, Dong-yun has taught at Western Kentucky University. She served as principal bassoonist in the Western Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Kentucky. Currently she is teaching at Campbellsville University where she has been there since 2003. She plays principal bassoon in the Paducah Symphony Orchestra also member of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and Nashville Double Reed Ensemble and other orchestra in the area. Dong-yun plays Heckel bassoons. Currently she plays 7000 and 8000series. In 2010 Dong-Yun married studio-musician Robert Shankle and became Dong- Yun Kwon Shankle.