Music major Jameson Kuang, T’14, has played the piano since he was seven years old, and at Duke has continued his lifelong passion for music while also preparing to study medicine. He views both fields as a way to share with others, saying music and medicine provide balance in his busy life at Duke.
Kuang’s interactions with patients as an emergency room volunteer in high school inspired him to become a doctor. He is intensely interested not only in scientific topics such as anatomy and biology, but also in the social power and human relationships that underlie medical practice. He spent the past summer conducting leukemia research at the University of Florida.
Kuang also enjoys helping people feel better through music. He performs piano recitals regularly at chamber music concerts and events such as the annual Duke Arts Festival and the Duke-UNC Chopin and Schumann Festival. He recently won the Duke Symphony Orchestra’s annual Concerto Contest and played Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25 (1831) with the orchestra.
Kuang loves having the flexibility at Duke to devote himself fully to a medical career and a fulfilling life as a musician.