Seyeon Chang is a professional jazz pianist, composer, arranger, educator and researcher.
As an ambitious and passionate young artist, performing, composing, and teaching music has always been her dream since she was young. Introduced to classical music from her family, she started playing piano at the age of 5. She graduated Foreign Language High School and Mokwon University in South Korea, where she got double degrees both classical composition and jazz piano for her undergraduate. She got a full scholarship for four years at her university and graduated in 2015.
In 2015, she won “The Best Jazz Performer Award” at the Busan Jazz Festival Competition in Korea. In 2016, she came to the United States and graduated William Paterson University for Master of Music (M.M.) in jazz performance. She has been studying with world-class musicians such as Bill Charlap, Harold Mabern, James Weidman and David Kikoski. Also, she has been playing extensively around New York, New Jersey area, while also performing in many other states across the United States.
Not only as a performer but also as a researcher, she has personal research interests about the relationship between improvisation and life experience; she has done a qualitative investigation into jazz improvisers’ cognition in familiar and unfamiliar group settings