International guitarist Jiji, known for blending exquisite technique with a sensational, experimental approach to classical music, will perform at Highfield Hall & Gardens on Sunday, October 28, at 4 PM. In the ballroom at Highfield, Jiji will perform pieces ranging from traditional and contemporary classical music to free improvisation.
Born in Seoul, Jiji holds bachelor’s degrees in guitar performance from the National University of Arts in Korea, the Cleveland Institute of Music and Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music; and a master of music degree from the Yale School of Music. Her skill with both the acoustic and electric guitar has been featured in venues ranging from art galleries and clubs in Hong Kong to Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. She has performed at a wide range of museums, including MassMOCA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has been featured at festivals across the United States, including the Virginia Arts Festival, Festival Napa Valley, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. She has also performed on PBS’s “On Stage at Curtis” series and NPR’s “From the Top.” In the spring of 2018, Jiji joined the faculty of the Arizona State University Music School as an assistant professor of guitar.
Jiji has premiered works by a variety of emerging and established composers, including Paul Lansky, Natalie Dietterich, and Riho Maimets. As a recipient of the 2017 BMI commission award, she commissioned Nina C. Young to write an original guitar piece for her to premiere and will be premiering a new guitar concerto on behalf of the American Composers Orchestra in an upcoming season. She also received first prize in the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. In addition, Jiji writes and performs her own compositions, which are influenced by her work as a deejay of experimental electronica.
Tickets for the performance are $30 and $25 for members and can be purchased through www.highfieldhall.org or by calling 508-495-1878, extension 2.