Berklee Student

Jimin Park

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About Me

Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, Jimin Park is a professional pianist. Her mother, a music teacher in the middle school and her uncle is a symphonic orchestra conductor, Park was fortunate enough to have been brought into a musical family. Introduced to classical music by her mother, Park started to play classical music at the of age 4. At the young age of 9, she won 5 competition such as Jungang competition, Suri competition and HanKuk competition. As was preparing to audition for Yeawon Middle school, one of the most competitive art institutes in Korea, Park began to fall in love with the alluring sounds of the great Oscar Peterson. That was when she knew she wanted to pursue jazz. Once she knew she wanted to follow the career path of a jazz musician, she began her studies with Rag time and stride piano. As she realized how crucial the foundation of jazz was, Park continued her research of early bebop with jazz masters such as Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Barry Harris, and Red Garland. By the age of 14, she began to play with drummer, Minchan Kim, and bassist, Daeho Kim, who were actively part of the jazz scene in Korea. Introduced to many classic jazz albums by Kim & Kim, she continuously advanced her way into the bebop language. After a few years hey started to play with her and make a Piano trio. At the age 17, having already played in numerous jazz clubs such as Club Palm, Burn Lounge, and All That Jazz, and Club Evans, she was a veteran of the Seoul jazz scene. In 2012 Park performed at the Kyung Hyang competition and placed 3rd. In 2013 she was accepted into Seoul Art University with a half-tuition scholarship. However, as Park yearned for the true essence of the blues, she wanted to experience the United States. So she decided to audition for famous Berklee College of music, and was awarded got a full-scholarship.