A Korean-American Jazz pianist and composer, Eugenia Choe is one of the most respected musicians of her generation. Having spent her early childhood in South Korea and her formative years in L.A., Atlanta, Chicago, and New York, Eugenia has been in the unique position of having an intimate connection with different cultures. This has helped her developed her unique style of composition and improvisation.
Before she moved to New York, Eugenia majored in mathematics and classical piano performance at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and worked with William Heiles, a renowned pianist with special emphasis on Bach, Chopin, and Schumann. In New York, Eugenia graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the prestigious New School for Jazz, where she studied with legendary jazz musicians such as Reggie Workman, Sam Yahel, Chico Hamilton, and Charles Tolliver. She went on to earn a master’s degree in jazz piano at SUNY Purchase, under the tutelage of Kevin Hays, David Hazeltine and John Abercrombie.
A promising young composer, Eugenia has already received accolades for her debut trio album, Magic Light. In addition to composing and leading her trio, Eugenia has been performing with many accomplished musicians in her field as an accompanist and sideman in jazz venues in New York and abroad. She is undoubtedly becoming a household name in the music scene.
Eugenia recently recorded her second trio album with bassist Danny Weller and drummer Alex Wyatt. Eugenia’s first album, Magic Light, has garnered rave reviews from some of the most respected jazz critics. The new album, Verdant Dream, is a new collection of instrumental compositions in pursuit of a sound that is both sensuous and depictive. The title track, and indeed the album as a whole, reflects an effort to bring a lush and vibrant energy to a grey and tumultuous world. The album will be released on SteepleChase Records, December 2018.