DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2012 Grant Recipient
Classical Music (Orchestral Instrument) Winner
Jessy Je Young Kim
Jessy Je Young Kim is an 18-year-old student from Vancouver, BC who will begin a Bachelor of Music degree at the Glenn Gould School this autumn. She began to play the violin at the age of 9 and won numerous awards in BC and across Canada.
Jessy has received master classes and lessons from many great artists throughout the world, including Choong Jin Chang, Ida Kavafian, Jonathan Crow, Ian Swensen, Ning Feng, Tadeusz Gadzina, Dale Barltrop, Annalee Patipatanakoon and others.
Along with her solo work, Jessy enjoys playing chamber music. In 2009 and 2010, she won first in Junior section of the Friends of Chamber music competition and the Vancouver Academy of Music’s Elsje de Ridder Armstrong Chamber music competition. Her trio won first place in Senior Chamber group at 2010 BC Provincial Festival. Jessy is also the co-founder of the Melody of Vancouver Ensemble (MOVE). In addition, she enjoys playing in orchestras; she has been the concertmaster of the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra since 2010, and has also played in the Surrey Youth Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to playing the violin, Jessy enjoys playing the piano. Recently, she completed her ARCT piano exam.
In submitting the nomination for The Hnatyshyn Foundation orchestral instrument (strings) grant, Barry Shiffman, Associate Dean & Director of Chamber Music,The Glenn Gould School wrote, “Jessy has had fine teaching in her formative years in Vancouver and the opportunity to join the community of similarly gifted young musicians at the GGS will provide a community that will constantly serve as an inspiration…in addition to being a wonderful young violinist Jessy is a highly accomplished pianist and is a first class scholar in her academics. I see her as a potential leader in the music world and think she deserves every opportunity for her advancement.”
In adjudicating Ms Kim’s performance submissions, the jury for orchestral instrument commended her “grasp of the physicality of sound and of style. The sound is musical in its essence, a quality that we do not hear often and which many musicians would envy! An extremely talented young violinist with already well-developed musicality and performance impact.“
The jury for classical music included:
Robert Cram, founding member of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, performer, professor and university administrator
Tania Miller, Music Director, Victoria Symphony Orchestra
Anne Rapson, Associate Concertmaster, Symphony Nova Scotia
When I first heard the violin, my mind lit up and I knew that this was going to
be my voice which will carry me in life. I was also delighted that I found a way to express my
personality in front of people on the stage.In my performances, I have always put musicality first
rather than technical ability. Also, I try to live the moment when I play and not worry about the
notes. Another important aspect of my performance is trying to connect with the audience. I feel
that this is important because a performer can play really well but if they cannot make the
connection, it will not be a “great” performance. I want to be a musician that can make people
feel different emotions. Although my main focus in my performance is musicality and
connection, I also worked really hard to have a strong technical foundation. Personally, I feel
that technique is only there to support my musical ideas. However, since I started playing the
violin later than most other people, I had to work extra hard to catch up. I had fantastic teachers
who helped me develop my technical foundation; I have studied from books like Josephine Trott
for Double Stops, Sevcik Op.3, Gavines, Fiorillo, Paganini, and many others. In addition, I try to
push my technical capability by playing more difficult repertoire. I feel like I am married to my
violin and I try to coax my violin to make the sound I want. After graduating from postsecondary
institution, I hope to become an well-rounded musicians. I hope to meet great
musicians in school and create a chamber music group that will last a long time. In addition, I
have dreams of becoming a solo artist playing in different concerts around the world. Another
dream I want to pursue is to eventually get a Ph.D and teach at a university. I love sharing my
knowledge and ideas about music and violin playing to others and I hope to inspire other young
aspirational artists. I am very grateful for a strong support from my teachers and they have been
very inspirational. Whenever I look at my teachers, I sometimes say to myself “Wow, I want to
be exactly like him or her when I grow up.” However, the people who give me the most
inspiration and motivation are the friends that I have. It is so great to have wonderful musicians
around me which creates a friendly competitive atmosphere. They motivate me to become a
better musician and at the same time be a better person.