Jiyu Oh, violin

Hometown: Natick, Massachusetts / Seoul, Korea

Meet Jiyu

Jiyu performs on Show 439.

Jiyu Oh (violin), 17, is a violinist from Seoul, South Korea. She is currently a Junior at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, studying with Prof. Soovin Kim at the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School (NEC Prep). Also at NEC, Jiyu is enrolled in the Chamber Music Intensive Performance Seminar (CHIPS) and the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO). Having won first prize at numerous national competitions, her most recent highlights include a debut recital at the Kumho Art Hall as a Kumho Prodigy Artist, a full scholarship to participate in the Chamber Music Northwest Young Artist Institute and Morningside Music Bridge Performance Program, and 2nd place in the NEC Preparatory School Concerto Competition. Before moving to the USA, Jiyu was a student at Yewon School and Seoul Arts High School. She received the overall grand prize at the 2022 Young Musicians Concours and the 2020 CBS National Youth Competition, and first prize at the 2020 Dong-A Junior Competition and the 2020 Sungjung Competition. Recent performances include participating in “A Night at the Museum” held at Calderwood Hall in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, a Samick Young Artists Concert, and the Switzerland-South Korea Cultural Exchange Concert. She has also performed at the Seoul Arts Center (SAC) as a member of the SAC Youth Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Jiyu has performed with ensembles in a Seoul Virtuosi Chamber Concert, a Music for Food Concert at the Goethe Institute, a “Back to Bach” virtual concert, and the Learning Courage virtual concert “Hope”, which included the performance of a commissioned piece.

Jiyu graduated from Yewon School in 2022, receiving the Im Wonsik Artist Award. During her studies at Yewon School, Jiyu received the prestigious Lee Daewoong Artist Scholarship and the Samick Arts Scholarship. In recent years, Jiyu has had the opportunity to participate in masterclasses with renowned musicians, including Miriam Fried, Donald Weilerstein, Mai Motobuchi, Ulf Wallin, Guillaume Sutre, Wayne Lin, Mi-kyung Lee and Wonhee Bae.

Receiving the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award will allow Jiyu to continue her studies at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts into her Senior year.

Listen to Jiyu

Show 439
Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 for Violin & Piano, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)