Ji Yeon (Jiji) Kim is associate professor of music in guitar at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She was previously assistant professor of guitar at Arizona State University’s School of Music, Dance and Theatre.
Originally from Seoul, South Korea, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music.
Kim is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar, playing a wide range of music, from traditional and contemporary classical to free improvisation. The Washington Post selected her as “one of the 21 composers/performers who sound like tomorrow.”
Released in 2018, her recording Underglow features acoustic guitar music by Bach, Albeniz, Ginastera, and Dyens, in addition to her own composition for electric guitar and electronics.
Recent highlights include a wide array of venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, David Geffen Hall, Krannert Center, and more. A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Kim has worked with renowned composers such as Terry Riley, Paul Lansky, João Luiz, and Nina Young, among others.
Kim’s more recent chamber music endeavors include touring with mezzo-soprano Carla Canales, soprano Molly Netter, the Verona Quartet, Brasil Guitar Duo, and Latin Grammy-winners Cuarteto Latinoamericano. She also performed with the New York Philharmonic and pianist Lara Downes.
She has presented master classes and workshops extensively, including at the Peabody Institute, Eastman School of Music, Yale University, and Dublin’s National Concert Hall, among many others.