Grace warming up before a Dallas Museum of Art Performance

Grace warming up before a Dallas Museum of Art Performance


Grace’s Story

Violinist Grace Kang Wollett is one of the newest members of The Dallas Opera Orchestra. From South Korea, Grace began her violin studies at the age of eight in Nottingham, England. Eventually, she would move to New York City by herself at the age of fourteen to pursue her dream of becoming a professional violinist. Grace has performed extensively all over the globe, including venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Al Hussein Cultural Center, Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall NYC, Dallas City Performance Hall, The Winspear Opera House, and even The Grand 'Ol Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

Grace believes very strongly in the power of music and has endeavored in numerous community engagement activities including the Gluck Community Service Fellowship at the Juilliard School, where she performed in various hospitals and rehabilitation facilities. She has performed for police officers of the Garland Police Department and performed at "For my Other Half" in an effort to raise funds for food and clothing for North Koreans. Recently, she embarked on a 5-city concert tour in Turkey sponsored by the Korean Embassy. Grace has also been sought after for her innate teaching ability. Grace was the Teaching Assistant to Stephen Clapp at The Juilliard School, violin faculty at The Fine Arts Music Academy, and has taught masterclasses at the Royal Music Academy in Jordan. Grace also played an integral part in launching a music program in Zarqa, Jordan.

Grace received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from The Juilliard School. While there, she met Danny Goldman (clarinet) and would later join him again 6 years later at The Dallas Opera. Danny invited Grace to a reading of clarinet trios with Dr. Trevor Hale (piano), and they immediately began digging into their unique trio sound. A few months later, they coined the name "Trio Kavanáh" and began presenting concerts. Grace currently resides in Plano, TX with her husband Scott and children Jonny and Maddie.