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 to free improvisation. Her impeccable musicianship, combined with compelling stage presence and fascinating repertoire, earned her First Prize at the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jiji (Jiyeon Kim) began playing classical guitar at the age of nine and was accepted to Korea National University of Arts at age fourteen. She subsequently attended the Cleveland Institute of Music for two years and was accepted at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2011 as one of the first two guitarists in the school’s history. She graduated from Curtis in 2015 and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music at the Yale School of Music.
In recital, Jiji has performed at Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, Miller Theater, Mass MOCA, Subculture NYC, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton Sound Kitchen, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a chamber musician, she has worked with members of Eighth Blackbird, One Beat Project, and Bang on a Can All-Stars, as well as with the Tanglewood Chamber Orchestra and Aizuri Quartet. Among her concerto performances, Jiji recently appeared with the Kansas City Symphony under Carlos Miguel Prieto. She has been featured on PBS, NPR, WHYY-TV, and FOX 4-TV, among many other media outlets.
An advocate of new music, Jiji has premiered works by numerous well-known and emerging composers. She also performs her own compositions, incorporating electronic media and acoustic music. She currently is a composer with the Yale Repertory Theater, Yale Cabaret, and Yale School of Art. Her music is influenced by her regular activities as a DJ, where she highlights the electronic dance styles of happy hardcore and Berlin experimental electronica.