Born in Seoul, Korea, Hey Rim started playing piano at the early age of four, and by nine was giving her first public performances in classical music. By seventeen she had received numerous awards and significant recognition for her powerful and creative interpretation of the classics: from Bach to Chopin to Liszt. During this period, Hey Rim, gifted with perfect pitch, began learning music by ear. Deeply influenced by the dazzling improvisation of Oscar Peterson, Hey Rim decided to embark on a musical path that would both support her new found passion for jazz, and build upon her already formidable classical training. In September of 1997, Hey Rim came to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachussetts, to pursue her contemporary music education. Studying at the college gave her the opportunity to learn from jazz greats such as JoAnne Brackeen, Laszlo Gardony and Ray Santisi. While a student at Berklee, she received the piano department's prestigious Piano Chair award for jazz performance. After completing her Bachelor’s degree (Summa Cum Laude) in 2001, Hey Rim continued her studies, and received a Master’s degree (Academic Honors) in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in 2004. While at the conservatory, she studied with Ran Blake, George Garzone and Michael Cain, who’s influence opened her eyes to new and fascinating areas of music performance: from avant-garde to world music
Hey Rim...a brilliant pianist...she has a good concept of what the music is all
about, and the ability to perform it.
Mona Lisa Puzzle...intense, intelligent statement...
-Bill Milkowski, Writer, JazzTimes
Hey Rim Jeon's newest, Mona Lisa Puzzle, shows off her excellent skills as a
composer. Can't go wrong with the star studded bandmates who bring her
compositions to a high level.
-Ron Gill, Host, Jazz Gallery, WGBH 89.7
...her fabulous original compositions and inventive interpretation are always
sure to entertain...
-WICN 90.5 FM Radio
Hey Rim is an exceptional talent