Jihee Heo, Born and raised in Seoul, Korea, New York based Jazz Pianist and Composer. She began playing classical piano at age 4. Influenced by greats such as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Keith Jarrett, Jihee switched to jazz piano at age 16.
Jihee's love of jazz piano and travel took her abroad to the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam 2004. Conservatorium van Amsterdam is a school comprised of mostly international music students. While studying at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Jihee's music and style was many influenced by different cultures, helping develop her musical ideas. Jihee studied with Karel Bohelee, Hans Vromans and Rob Van Bavel at Amsterdam. She has performed widely throughout Europe and Korea at many venues and festivals such as Bim Huis (Holland), Cafe Alto (Holland), the Lever Kusen Jazz Festival (Germany), The Seoul Book Festival (Korea), Club Evans (Korea) and KT Art Hall (Korea) and Once in a Blue Moon (Korea), and many others. Jihee has been featured on many albums both as an arranger and pianist.
After moving to New York City in 2011, Jihee obtained her Master's Degree in Jazz Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in 2013, while studying under Garry Dial, Phil Markowitz, Cecil Bridgewater and Dave Liebman. Jihee currently resides in New York City, performing as both a leader and sideman in the metropolitan area. She is also the Music Director, Pianist and Arranger at New York First Presbyterian church in New York since 2012.
Jihee recently released her Nonet album Passion, which allowed her to fully explore her love of music composition as well as performance. Her album was favorably reviewed by Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum. In addition to performance, Jihee is a passionate music educator. She has been teaching piano for over 10 years. From 2010 to 2011, she served as a part-time lecturer at Paekche University, in Korea. She is currently a faculty member at The Piano School of NYC (since 2013), and also teaches at PS.84 Lillian Weber School of the Arts and Sacred heart of Jesus School in Manhattan. In addition to teaching in a public school setting, Jihee teaches privately in Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey.