by Kathryn Lambert
Interview with JiJi Kim
A Discussion about Gender Dynamics and Cultural Trends in the Classical Guitar Community
I’ve recently had the great pleasure of speaking with JiJi Kim, who just returned from a very busy season of touring and performing. One of her most recent projects has been the guitar concerto “Harp of Nerves” by Hilary Purrington. JiJi is also the Professor of Guitar at Arizona State University, where she teaches and performs a wide variety of styles. As a female guitarist myself, I jumped at the opportunity to get her opinion on gender dynamics and other cultural trends in the guitar community.
Could you talk to me a little bit about what got you into guitar? Did you start with classical or pop music? What got you into it?
“So it’s kind of both...