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Eunmi Lee

Eunmi Lee is a New York-based Korean jazz pianist, composer, and educator who is fearless in experimenting with blending her cultural background with contemporary Jazz. At a young age, she discovered her love for music. She did her associate degree at the Seoul Institute of Arts in Korea.

After graduating, she worked as a professional musician in many different fields, including theater, bandstand, and media music in Korea. In 2016, she expanded her music horizon by studying and playing abroad during her Bachelor of Music degree in the Netherlands as a Jazz piano major with a Holland National Excellence scholarship.

In 2019, she completed her bachelor of music program one year earlier than expected. She was fascinated by Jazz music and eager to explore it deeply. In 2020, she moved to New York City and received her master of music degree from New York University as a Jazz piano major under the guidance of Dave Pietro and Dr. Dave Schroeder. Also, she had a chance to work with Ari Hoenig and Alan Ferber.

She released her debut album, Introspection. It consists of her seven original compositions. In addition, She is participating in the BMI Jazz Composer Workshop as one of the composers.

Eunmi was a recipient of the Prize Winner of the Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival in 2013. She was also a Semi-Finalist in the 7 Virtual Jazz Contest in 2019 and received an Honorable Mention in the Ithaca International Jazz Composition Contest in 2023.

 


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Eunmi Lee: Introspection

Read "Introspection" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Eunmi Lee is a quick learner. The South Korean-born pianist, who now makes her home in New York City, did not become acquainted with or interested in jazz until a friend introduced her to the GRP Records catalogue. That was more than a year after she had received a degree in contemporary piano from the Seoul Institute for the Arts, in 2005. Eager to learn more, Lee came to California in 2007 to take part in an open house at ...

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Eunmi Lee: Introspection

Read "Introspection" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Korean-born, New York-based pianist and composer Eunmi Lee opens her debut record, Introspection with her original composition, “Gimmick." And, if there is a gimmick, it sounds as if it might be her strong compositional voice and her way with an arrangement. The tune features Alan Ferber on trombone, saxophonist John Ellis, a guitar, bass and drums rhythm section, and Lee in the piano chair. In spite of the album's title, this opener is a bright, sassy roller. Maybe the gimmick ...

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All About Jazz by Dan McClenghan

“All tunes here were penned by Lee. Moods shift and ensemble interplay is top-notch…. a dream sound that points to Lee's musical versatility. "Wavelength" puts on display—after showcasing chamber jazz and bigger band offerings—Lee's skill at small ensemble writing. Employing just piano, guitar, bass and drums, she crafts a spare, gorgeous ballad that explores the concept of human compassion.”

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

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Music

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Introspection

You&Me Music
2023

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Gimmick

From: Introspection
By Eunmi Lee

Mr. Weird

From: Introspection
By Eunmi Lee

Narcissism

From: Introspection
By Eunmi Lee

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