Ji Young’s circuitous musical path has taken her from her hometown of Santiago, Chile, to New York, where she studied at Manhattan School of Music and Columbia University. She is currently a PhD candidate in musicology at Cornell University under the supervision of James Webster and taught recently at Indiana University–Bloomington.
Serendipitous circumstances steered Ji Young towards an exploration of early keyboards with Malcolm Bilson. She has been working her way back to the performance stage since then, nurturing a performer-scholar profile. As a performer, she strives for vivid renditions of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century music, informed by historical contexts and instruments, analytical insight, and careful programming. Notable recent projects include an exploration of Robert Schumann’s late instrumental music with the Formosa Quartet. This summer she appears at the Bloomington and Boston Early Music Festivals with violin partner Jessica Park.
Ji Young’s research is anchored in early to mid nineteenth-century German musical culture. She is currently writing a dissertation that explores private music-making in the Schumann and Brahms circle. She sustains an interest in various methodologies and perspectives, including critical theory, music analysis, and performance practice. Her work has been funded by the Cornell Institute for European Studies and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst and presented at numerous institutions and conferences.