Jiyee Jen Ahn United States / South Korea, 14, Junior

Jiyee Jen Ahn was recently chosen as a winner for NPR's From the Top, and the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship programme where she was awarded $10,000 to invest towards her music education. Jiyee made her debut at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall aged 11. She has performed with the Union City Philharmonic in New York and New Jersey in 2013. Jiyee has played for Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis, Nancy Zhou, Naoko Tanaka, Miriam Fried, and is a student of Dr. Pasha Sabouri. Alongside learning about music, Jiyee enjoys fashion, fashion design and photography.

“It’s an honour to be accepted to compete in the Menuhin Competition; the world’s leading competition for young musicians. I consider the Menuhin Competition as more than just a Competition. It’s a challenge but also a marvellous chance where I can build experience and learn from the well-respected jury throughout the organised outreach programmes. I am also very excited to meet other competitors and I hope to form a friendly relationship with them. I've been lucky enough to meet and work with some great teachers in my past, and I'm so thankful and thrilled to be able to express my love and passion for music in the 2018 Menuhin Competition! Preparing for this event is giving me motivation, determination, and creativity more than ever. Most importantly, it’s a great chance to learn and rediscover great music together. I cannot wait to perform these remarkable pieces and express my emotion and interpretation to the audience and judges! I hope to be one step closer to my aspiration of becoming a respected violinist through this phenomenal opportunity and experience in Switzerland!”


14 April
2.10pm - 2.35pm
Junior First Round


Junior First Round
  • J.S. Bach Sonata No. 4 BWV 1017, movements 1+2
  • Wieniawski Etude-Caprice, Op.18, No. 3
  • - Freestyle improvisation
  • Dvořák Selection from Romantic Pieces Op.75, Nos. 1, 2 & 3