Bach to the Future
Young Concert Artists International
Friday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.
Historic Asolo Theater ($25-$45)
BACHEnglish Suite in G minor
JI/BACHTranscriptions of E Major Partita for Violin
Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a gifted young pianist who is clearly going places,” Ji has been praised from a young age for his compelling musical presence and impressive technical command. Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Ji made recital debuts at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center on the Young Concert Artists Series to rave reviews. Well-known in Korea, Ji performed the country’s first outdoor classical concert as soloist with the BBC Symphony and performed in Seoul with world-renowned ballerina Sue Jin Kang and dancers from the Stuttgart Ballet. Ji’s creative vision to make classical music accessible to young people led to his “Stop & Listen” outdoor performances in 2010, during which he worked with renowned Korean pop-artist Tae Jung Kim to design the “Ji-T” piano, bringing classical music to the public on the busy streets of Seoul. In early 2016, Ji was the star of a national Android commercial in which he performs Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on two pianos; one that features the usual 88 pitches on a piano, and one that is tuned so that each key plays a middle C.