Jiji’s wide-ranging career as solo guitarist, composer—and sometime DJ

Posted on: February 17, 2021

“Guitarist Jiji fairly burbles over with joy as she talks about her love of music,” writes Patrick News in Friday’s (2/12) Kansas City Star (MO). “In 2014, when she was known as Jiyeon Kim, she performed the Concierto de Aranjuez with the Kansas City Symphony…. Now [Kansas City’s] Harriman-Jewell Series will present Jiji in a free livestream concert … on Feb. 20. She’ll play both acoustic and electric guitars. [Growing up,] the Korean-born Jiji … says she was obsessed with electric guitars and blues and rock music…. She fell in love with the classical guitar [and] was accepted to the Korea National University of Arts … attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and in 2011 began studies at the Curtis Institute, one of the first two guitarists accepted there. She has since become one of classical music’s rising stars…. Jiji will perform … Asturias by Isaac Albéniz … a work by Claudia Sessa, an Italian Renaissance composer … pieces written for her by Tania León and Hilary Purrington … and two of her own works…. She loves DJing, which she looks forward to returning to after the pandemic is over. And in 2018, she accepted a professorship at Arizona State University in Tempe.”