Korean violinist Ji Won Song delights audiences worldwide with energetic and engaging performances that express her refined perspectives on melody, color and harmony, as well as her deep passion for her instrument. A versatile soloist and chamber musician, she is sought after for her creative approach, vivid sound, and multi-faceted interpretations of classical and contemporary repertoire.
This past November, 2017, Ms. Song won first prize and the special prize in the Isang Yun International Violin Competition in Tongyeong, Korea, one of the country’s top two instrumental competitions. Along with a large purse, Ms. Song will perform in recital in Seoul’s Kumho Art Hall in August 2018. This spring, she will travel to Lindau, Germany, to perform as a soloist at Internationale Violinfestival junger Meister. Next fall, she travels to Bucheon, Korea, to solo with the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra.
Among the renowned international orchestras with which Ms. Song has soloed are The Philadelphia Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Conductors with whom she has collaborated include Christoph Poppen, Giancarlo Guerrero, Rossen Milanov, Augustin Dumay, Dirk Kaftan, Achim Fiedler, Markus Lehtienen, and Nanse Gum. Venues at which she has appeared include Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Shanghai Symphony Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Boston’s Jordan Hall, and Augsburg’s (Germany) Golden Hall.
Ms. Song’s artistry has been recognized on the competition stage as well as the performance stage. In addition to the 2017 Isang Yun International Violin Competitions (Tongyeong, Korea), she is the recipient of numerous first prizes, including first prize and audience prize at the 2016 Leopold Mozart Competition where she performed with The Munich Radio Orchestra under Maestro Dirk Kaftan (Augsburg, Germany); first prize and the classical music prize at the 2014 China International Violin Competition in Qingdao; first prize and the best Chinese work prize at 2014 The Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition; first prize with the audience prize in 2012 The Schadt Competition. Additional prizes include the second prize at 2015 Concours International de Violon Tibor Varga (Sion, Switzerland). While Ms. Song was a student at Curtis Institute of Music, she receieved the esteemed Milka/Curtis Artist Prize, awarded by Curtis in conjunction with the Markow Toteyy Foundation.
Born in the vibrant city of Seoul, Ji Won Song began formal violin studies at age five with Nam-Yum Kim and Bon-Jiu Koo at the Korean National University of the Arts. She reveled in experimenting with playing techniques and found that the violin’s clear, dynamic voice was an apt vehicle for sharing profound feelings and complex thoughts. At age 10, she emigrated to the United States to study violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music with David Cerone and while studying with him, made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center at age 12. She then studied with renowned violinists Ida Kavafian, Shmuel Ashkenasi and Victor Dachenko at the Curtis Institute of Music, earning her Bachelor’s of Music. Ms. Song then studied with eminent violinists Donald Wilerstein and Soovin Kim at the New England Conservatory of Music, earning her Master’s degree. Ms. Song is currently enrolled in the prestigious Artist Diploma program at The Julliard School, where she studies with distinguished violinists Donald Weilerstein and Ida Kavafian.