Ji Young Kim is a music scholar, performer, and educator specializing in German culture during the long 19th century. She is currently Associate Lecturer at The Australian National University’s School of Music, where she teaches musicology, piano, and chamber music, and co-directs the ANU Keyboard Institute, the southern hemisphere’s largest collection of keyboards spanning the 18th century to the present. Prior to moving to Australia, she was Adjunct Lecturer of musicology at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
Ji Young began her music studies in her hometown of Santiago, Chile, and continued in New York, where she studied piano performance at Manhattan School of Music; and musicology, music theory, German history, philosophy, and literature at Columbia University. She will soon defend her PhD in musicology from Cornell University with a thesis on the piano works of Robert Schumann and Brahms advised by James Webster. Her research has been funded by the Cornell Institute for European Studies and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst and presented at numerous institutions and conferences. Most recently, she was awarded the Karl Geiringer Scholarship from the American Brahms Society for her dissertation work.
In addition to academic studies, Ji Young delved into early pianos with Malcolm Bilson at Cornell. As a performer, she strives for sensitive and vivid renditions of 18th- and 19th-century music informed by historical contexts and instruments, analytical insight, and careful programming. She has performed at the Boston Early Music, Bloomington Early Music, and Valley of the Moon music festivals, and has collaborated in chamber settings towards bridging between historical and modern instruments and styles. Notable recent projects include a recontextualization of Robert Schumann’s late works (a body of repertoire that she is especially passionate about) with the Formosa Quartet.
• 18th- and 19th-century German cultural history
• Keyboard technology and performance practice
• Music analysis
• Critical theory