Applauded by the Calgary Herald as “…talented, sensitive…brilliant,” JIJI is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar, playing a wide range of music from traditional and contemporary classical 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. A major highlight of JIJI’s 2018-19 season is her Carnegie Hall/Stern Auditorium debut as soloist with the New York Youth Symphony, performing the world premiere of a new concerto written for her by American composer Natalie Dietterich. Featured NYC recitals this season include JIJI’s April 2019 Lincoln Center debut on the Great Performers series. JIJI is now an Assistant Professor of Guitar/Head of the Guitar department at Arizona State University School of Music in Tempe. Currently sponsored by D'Addario Strings, JIJI’s performances have been featured on PBS and NPR.
Originally from Calgary, Canada, Danielle began her musical studies on piano and violin at an early age. At fifteen, she switched from violin to the viola, having her solo debut with the Calgary Civic Symphony at sixteen. Danielle holds a Bachelor in Music from the New England Conservatory and a Masters in Music from Yale University. An avid chamber musician, Danielle is a member of the Second Movement Ensemble, a group dedicated to expanding performance boundaries by playing in unconventional spaces, and the Viviere Chamber Players, a recently founded group focused on sharing the inner workings of classical music to all audiences. Danielle is currently completing the dissertation component of her Doctor of Musical Arts degree with Ettore Causa at Yale. She moved to Charlottesville in August of 2017 to join her husband, who is currently pursuing his PhD in English at UVa. In January of 2018, Danielle won the principal viola position at the Williamsburg Symphony.