Dong-Yun Kwon is a bassoonist originally from South Korea, now living in the United States in Nashville TN. 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 Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Bassoon Performance and Music Education. After that, she studied in Holland and received a Performance Soloist Degree from Rotterdam Conservatorium/Codarts. 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 (International Double Reed Society) "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...”. Dong-Yun now has 3 CD’s that are sold all over 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 universities 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, and served as principal bassoonist in the Western Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Kentucky.
Currently Dong-Yun K. Shankle is a member of Belmont’s faculty woodwind quintet and is the Adjunct Bassoon Professor at Belmont University School of Music. She is also teaching at Campbellsville University, a position she has held since 2002. She plays principal bassoon in the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Double Reed Ensemble and other orchestras. Dong-Yun plays 7000 and 8000 series Heckel bassoons. In 2010 Dong-Yun married music professor Robert Shankle and became Dong- Yun Kwon Shankle.