Jiji, guitar

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

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Jiji is a part of our “This Land/Our Land” project, celebrating musicians of different cultures. Learn more about the project here!

Meet Jiyeon

Jiyeon “Jiji” Kim appeared on Show 227, recorded in February 2011, at age 18. Jiji, most recently, participated in the “This Land/Our Land” project, released in July of 2017.

Read her full bio on her website. 

Applauded by the Calgary Herald as “…talented, sensitive…brilliant,” Jiji is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar, playing an extensive range of music from traditional and contemporary classical music to free improvisation.  Her impeccable musicianship combined with compelling stage presence and fascinating repertoire earned the Korean guitarist First Prize at the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. She is sponsored by D’Addario Strings.

In recital, she has performed in a wide array of venues, including: Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, Miller theater, Mass MOCA, Subculture NYC, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton Sound Kitchen, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Her recent tour in Hong Kong consisted of performances collaborating with a performance Artist, a traditional Chinese instrument ensemble, and an Erhu player in art galleries, clubs, and even on a moving trolley.

Along with From the Top, Jiji’s performances have been featured on PBS (On Stage at Curtis series), WHYY-TV, FOX 4-TV, Munchies (the Vice Channel), The Not So Late Show (Channel 6, Kansas), and Hong Kong broadcast station RTHK’s The Works.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jiji (Jiyeon Kim) began playing classical guitar at the age of nine, and was accepted to the Korea National University of Arts at age fourteen.  She attended the Cleveland Institute of Music for two years, where she studied with Jason Vieaux, and was accepted at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2011 as one of the first two guitarists in Curtis’ distinguished history. She graduated Curtis in 2015, as a student of Mr. Vieaux and David Starobin, and she is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music, studying with Benjamin Verdery.  In her free time, she enjoys cooking and creating weird sounds on Ableton.

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