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Hye-Jin Kim & Joćo Luiz
violin/guitar duo

Hye-Jin Kim
Hye-Jin Kim, violin
Photo by Balazs Borocz


Joao Luiz
João Luiz, guitar

Sunday, June 29, 2014
3:00 pm / Logan House

(adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts)
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023

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Cultural Crossroads: An exploration of dance and folk

Violinist Hye-Jin Kim and guitarist Joćo Luiz team up for a classically-rooted, dance-inspired program that delights audiences with original arrangements of traditional folksongs from their native cultures and dances from Argentina, Cuba, Brazil and more.  


Paganini Sonata for Violin and Guitar, Op. 33
Traditional Korean Folksongs, arranged by Hye-Jin Kim
Joćo Luiz Suite for Violin and Guitar
Piazzolla Three Tangos*

D'Rivera Three Latin American Dances*
Nazareth Coração que Sente*
Assad Mangabeira
Traditional Brazilian Folksongs*

*arranged by João Luiz




Watch Videos

Watch Videos

Hye-Jin Kim & Joćo Luiz perform the 'tema con variazioni' from Mauro Guiliani's Duo Concertante
for Violin and Guitar, Op. 25

Hye-Jin Kim & Joćo Luiz perform 'On Kj steps' from Joao's 'Suite for Violin and Guitar'

 Hye-Jin Kim & Joćo Luiz perform 'Toada' from Joao's 'Suite for Violin and Guitar'



Hye-Jin Kim, violin

Winner, 2009 Concert Artists Guild Competition

Violinist Hye-Jin Kim, winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild Competition, has been lauded by The Strad for her “…heart-stopping, unrivalled beauty…well-thought out, yet of the moment.” Ms. Kim crafts extraordinary programs often reflecting her interests in Art and Literature which, paired with her rare sensitivity and intellect, set her apart in today’s music scene. This remarkable artistry brought her to international prominence quite early in her career when she was awarded First Prize at the Yehudi Menuhin Competition at the age of nineteen.

2013-14 recital highlights include performances for the Arizona Chamber Music Society and with Brazilian guitarist Joćo Luiz (of the Brasil Guitar Duo) in a special program at Baruch College presented by the New York Classical Guitar Society. Numerous concerto performances this season include return engagements with New York’s Greenwich Village Orchestra and the East Carolina University Orchestra, as well as debut performances with the Dupage Symphony (IL), Victoria Symphony (TX) and Mansfield Symphony (OH).

Ms. Kim has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach and the New Jersey Symphony led by Gerard Schwarz as well as with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Pan Asia Symphony (Hong Kong), the Greenwich Village Orchestra and the Hannover Chamber Orchestra, where she led the ensemble in Mozart’s A Major Concerto at age 12. She has appeared in major venues across North America, Europe and Asia, including the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Kimmel Center Verizon Hall, the Kravis Center, Salzburg’s Mirabel Schloss and both St. John’s Smith Square and Wigmore Hall in London. At the invitation of Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, she was honored to perform at the U.N. Headquarters in both Geneva and New York. Ms. Kim has also served as a cultural representative for Korea in Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan through concert and outreach engagements.

In addition to her prizes in the CAG and Menuhin Competitions, Ms. Kim is also a winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Virtuosos of the 21st Century in Moscow and the Kay H. Logan Chamber Music Award. A rising force in the chamber music world, Ms. Kim has toured throughout the US as a member of Musicians from Marlboro, and festival appearances include Marlboro, Ravinia, Music from Angel Fire, Music at Menlo, Madison (GA) Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music at Gretna, Kansas City’s Sunflower Festival and Prussia Cove’s Open Chamber Music. She has collaborated with renowned artists such as Paul Biss, Miriam Fried, Gilbert Kalish, Kim Kashkashian, Ida Kavafian, Jaime Laredo, Menahem Pressler, Mitsuko Uchida and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Miami and Orion String Quartets. Ms. Kim has served as concertmaster of both The Curtis Symphony Orchestra and New England Conservatory Philharmonia.

Born in Seoul, Korea in 1985, Hye-Jin Kim began her violin studies with Dong-Hyun Kim at the age of 8. When she was 14, Ms. Kim entered The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, studying with Jaime Laredo and Ida Kavafian. She earned her Masters degree studying with Miriam Fried at New England Conservatory as a recipient of NEC’s prestigious Emma V. Lambrose Presidential Scholarship. She is an Assistant Professor of Violin on the faculty of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Ms. Kim plays a Gioffredo Cappa violin, crafted in Saluzzo, Italy in 1687.

Beyond her musical activities, Ms. Kim is an avid reader of classic literature, with particular interest in the writings of 19th century British authors. During her travels, she has toured the homes and haunts of the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and C.S. Lewis. Her other passion is baseball, and her years at Curtis made her a hardcore fan of the Philadelphia Phillies.  

Joćo Luiz, Guitar

The guitarist, arranger and composer Joćo Luiz began to play the popular music of his native Brazil professionally during his childhood and was later trained in classical guitar by his mentor Henrique Pinto. As a performer and composer Joao is equally at home with classical, Brazilian and world music; his solo guitar and guitar ensemble repertoire cover all the main works in the guitar literature from Dowland to Carter and Brazilian rhythms from choro to baićo.

While studying with Henrique Pinto, with whom he recorded two albums as a member of the Violćo Camara Trio ensemble, the Brasil Guitar Duo with Douglas Lora was born. In 2006 the Brasil Guitar Duo won the prestigious Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York, resulting in a full global touring schedule and numerous critically acclaimed recordings. For five years Joćo also performed and recorded with the classical guitar quartet Quartenaglia, one of Brazil's most important chamber music ensembles. Musicians such as Sergio Abreu, Paulo Martelli, Fabio Zanon and Alice Artzt have also been very important in his development as a guitar player.

As a soloist and teacher, he is on the faculty of important music festivals such as Festival Eleazar de Carvalho and Santa Marcelina College in Brazil and the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes. Joćo holds a Masters in Classical Guitar from Mannes College of Music in New York as a student of Michael Newman and is currently doing his DMA at Manhattan School of Music with scholarship from The Augustine Foundation studying with David Leisner.

His arrangements have been recorded and played by Marina Piccinini, Fabio Zanon, Paulo Martelli, Marco Pereira, Na Ozzetti, Paquito D'Rivera, Clarice Assad, Parker String Quartet, and The Newman & Oltman Duo. Currently he is working on the edition of his arrangements, the first of which will be printed by the Fall of 2013. In addition to his carreer as a performer, he writes guitar methods for beginners, designs the guitar curriculum and trains instructors for an important music education initiative for underprivileged children in Sćo Paulo, Guri Santa Marcelina.

Joćo made his debut at the Aspen Festival in July 2010 as a member of the Brasil Guitar Duo. Previous summers have included concerts at New York's River to River Festival, The Gran Teton Music Festival, Chautauqua Institution, Bermuda Guitar Festival, Tirol's Outreach Festival (Austria), and Two Moors Festival (UK). Recently featured New York City recital engagements include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NY Guitar Seminar at Mannes College, Symphony Space and New York Guitar Society. In addition, the duo has performed for the Orange County (CA) Performing Arts Center, Lied Center (University of Kansas), Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Chicago, Spivey Hall, Montalvo Center for the Arts, Purdue University Convocations, Daytona Beach International Festival, Virginia Arts Festival, CityFolk Festival in Dayton, OH, the Santa Barbara Symphony's Guitar Festival and for Miami Guitar Festival and the Asociacion Nacional de Conciertos in Panama City, Semana de La Guitarra in Colombia and the Classical Guitar Societies of St. Louis, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Tucson and Upstate New York. He has premiered works by composers such as Leo Brouwer, Paulo Bellinati, Marco Pereira, Frederic Hand, Egberto Gismonti and Marlos Nobre and is currently preparing Brazilian and Cuban music for the duo's collaboration and tour with Paquito D'Rivera beginning in September 2011.

João teaches guitar at New Jersey City University and is also the head of the guitar department at SUNY Purchase.


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