Heifetz institute alumna (2015 & 2016) and 2015 and 2017 Artist-in-Residence Ji-Won Song is a native of Seoul, South Korea, and has performed on stages worldwide. She performed at the Kennedy Center for the Conservatory Project in 2005 at age 12 and has been a featured soloist with many prestigious orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Her many awards include prizes in the Schadt Competition, the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists, and the Stulberg International String Competition. Ji-Won began her musical studies at age five and studied in the pre-college division of the Korean National University of the Arts. After moving to the U.S., Ji-Won studied violin with longtime Heifetz Institute faculty member David Cerone. She served as concertmaster in the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and graduated from the Young Artist Youth Program of the Cleveland Institute. After studies with Ida Kavafian and Heifetz Institute faculty member Shmuel Ashkenasi at the Curtis Institute, and with Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory, Ji-Won has just begun her Artist Diploma studies at the Juilliard School. In November of 2017 she was named the winner of the Isang Yun Violin Competition in South Korea. She previously won the top prize the Leopold Mozart competition (2016), and the same year was a laureate and honored with the prize for the best interpretation of the “Butterfly Lovers” concerto at the first Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition. Ji-Won plays on a Montagnana provided by the KumhoAsiana Cultural Foundation.