The Emerald Coast Music Alliance is proud to announce the guest musicians that will perform in the 2020 Festival
JIJI ~ Guitarist JIJI is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar playing a wide range of music from traditional to contemporary classical to free improvisation. Her impeccable musicianship combined with compelling stage prescence and fascinating repertoire earned the Korean artist First Prize at the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. The Kansas City Star described JIJI as “A graceful and nuanced player,” adding that “…she presented an intimate, captivating performance” in reviewing her recent concerto debut appearance with Kansas City Symphony. A major highlight of JIJI’s 2018-19 season is her Carnegie Hall/Stern Auditorium debut as soloist with the award-winning New York Youth Symphony, performing the world premiere of a new concerto written for her by American composer Natalie Dietterich.
MItya Nilov ~ Percussionist
One of the most dynamic percussionists of his generation, MITYA NILOV is a winner of the 2018 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. The depth, sincerity and sensitivity of his distinctive musical voice have empowered him to captivate his audiences worldwide. Mitya has appeared in top halls around the globe including the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall and the New World Center in Miami, FL. Born in Minsk, Belarus, Mitya began learning music from an early age. At the age of seven he was accepted to the Special Music School at the Saint-Petersburg State Conservatoire in Russia. He earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Miami’s Frost School of music and his master’s degree from the Saint-Petersburg State Conservatoire. Most recently Mitya completed his master’s degree at Yale University where he was a member of the world-renowned Yale Percussion Group.