Biography

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.

The Kansas City Star described Jiji as “A graceful and nuanced player,” adding that “…she presented an intimate, captivating performance.” Career highlights include a wide array of venues, including Carnegie Hall, 92ndStreet Y, Festival Napa Valley, Krannert Center, Purdue Convocations, Virginia Arts Festival, National Sawdust, Miller theater, Mass MOCA, Subculture NYC, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton Sound Kitchen, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Her recent tours of 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.

 

A passionate advocate of new music, Jiji has premiered a duo piece Talking Guitars by renowned composer, Paul Lansky, released on Bridge Records.  She has premiered works by numerous emerging composers, including Nina C. Young, Gabriella Smith, Riho Maimets, Krists Auznieks, Gulli Björnsson, Andrew McIntosh, and Farnood HaghaniPour.  She also performs her own compositions, incorporating electronic media and acoustic music.  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. As a chamber musician, she performed with members of Eighth Blackbird, Bang on a Can All-Stars, wild Up, and the Aizuri Quartet. 

 

Currently sponsored by D’Addario Strings. Jiji’s performances have been featured on PBS, NPR’s From the Top, WHYY-TV, FOX 4-TV, Munchies, The Not So Late Show, and Hong Kong broadcast station RTHK’s The Works.

 

Jiji is currently based in Tempe, Arizona where she holds the post of Assistant Professor of Guitar at Arizona State University. 

Audio

Bach: Allegro, from Prelude, Fugue & Allegro, BWV 998

Ginastera: Sonata, Op. 47, Finale

Reich: Electric Counterpoint, Slow

Roland Dyens: Tango en skai

Villa Lobos: Etude No. 4

Lennox Berkeley: Sonatina for Guitar, Op. 52. No. 1, Rondo

Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Quintet for guitar and string quartet, Op. 143, Finale: Allegro con fuoco

JIJI: Kintsukuroi, for electric guitar and electronics

Video

  • See video Legenda by Isaac Albeniz

    Legenda by Isaac Albeniz

  • See video  Arvo Pärt - Fratres

    Arvo Pärt - Fratres

  • See video  Allegro from BWV 998 by J. S. Bach

    Allegro from BWV 998 by J. S. Bach

Repertoire

  • Orchestral Repertoire

    DEREK BERMEL Ritornello, for Electric Guitar and Orchestra (2011) **

    NATALIE DIETTERICH
    light, beloved, for acoustic & electric guitars and orchestra (2018)
    (written for Jiji; Premiered at Carnegie Hall/Stern Auditorium,
    with New York Youth Symphony, December 2018)

    MICHAEL GILBERTSON Concerto for Guitar and String Orchestra (2013)

    WILLIAM GARDINER Hedgehog (for electric guitar and chamber ensemble)

    ARVO PÄRT Fratres (for guitar and string orchestra)

    HILARY PURRINGTON Harp of Nerves, for Guitar and Orchestra (2019)
    (written for Jiji; Premiere at Carnegie Hall/Zankel Auditorium,
    with American Composers Orchestra, November 2019)

    JOAQUÍN RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez (1939)
    Fantasía para un gentilhombre (1954)

    HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra (1951)

    ANTONIO VIVALDI Concerto in D Major for Guitar, Strings & Continuo, RV93

    **new for 20-21