Presented in association with OMNI Foundation for the Performing Arts

Saturday, March 11, 2023 |  7:30pm

Herbst TheatreVenue Information


About This Performance

She brings equal brightness to acoustic and electric guitars and a seeping diversity of music—old and new, traditional and classical, free improv and the undefinable. “One of the 21 composers/performers who sound like tomorrow” (Washington Post), JIJI is the first guitarist to win the prestigious Concert Artists Guild Award in 30 years, making her a must-hear, once-in-a-generation artist.


CLAUDIA SESSA: Occhi io vissi di voi
ISAAC ALBENIZ: Suite española: Asturias, Op. 47, No. 5
FRANTZ CASSEUS: Yanvalloux, You and I, Merci bon Dieu
NICCOLÒ PAGANINI: Caprice in A Minor, Op. 1, No. 24
MICHAEL GILBERTSON: Untitled [World Premiere]
TANIA LEON: Bailarín

Artist Information

Performer 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, 92nd Street 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 20-21 season highlights include performances at the Green Music Center, Market Square Concerts, University of Delaware and concerto performances with the Richmond Symphony and Sinfonietta Riga in Latvia.

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. Her 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.

Artist Video

JIJI performs Bach’s Allegro from BWV 998