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ASU Hires Guitarist Jiyeon Kim to Faculty

Posted By Connie Sheu, Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Frank Koonce will retire this May after four decades of teaching at the ASU School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Mr. Koonce joined ASU faculty in 1978. His many accomplishments include his various publications of Bach transcriptions, including the complete Lute Suites, his recording of Platero y Yo, and the building of one of the nation’s long-standing classical guitar programs.


ASU will welcome Jiyeon “Jiji” Kim as assistant professor of guitar in the strings program, beginning in August 2018. “After becoming acquainted with ASU School of Music's vision and the mission of ASU’s innovative agenda, I was drawn to the research in new music and different collaborations from both the faculty and the student body,” said Kim. “I conscientiously pursue artistic endeavors in performance as well as education, so there was an immediate connection to the Herberger Institute.”

Kim, a self-described adventurous artist who is known professionally on both acoustic and electric guitar as “Jiji”, plays an extensive range of music from traditional and contemporary classical music to free improvisation.  Her impeccable musicianship, compelling stage presence and fascinating repertoire earned her First Prize at the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition.


Kim holds bachelors degrees in guitar performance from the National University of Arts in Korea, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music; and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music.  A passionate advocate for commissioning and performing contemporary works, she premiered Talking Guitars by renowned composer Paul Lansky, with a subsequent studio recording with Chinese guitarist Hao Yang to be released on Bridge Records. She previously premiered works by emerging composers including Gabriella Smith, Riho Maimets, Krists Auznieks, Gulli Björnsson, Andrew McIntosh, and Farnood Haghani Pour.  In addition, the New York Youth Symphony and the American Composers Orchestra commissioned two concertos for her, both premiering at Carnegie Hall in the 2018-19 concert season.

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