Young Joo Song grew up in Seoul, Korea listening to gospel music and playing the piano for her father’s church. She studied classical piano in college but fell in love with jazz and decided to take a leap of faith into this new world and moved to the United States.
After graduating from Berklee College of Music and Manhattan School of Music, she returned to her native Korea and has become a “rising star” in the jazz music scene. She has recorded eight albums in her name and performed/recorded with some of the most prominent musicians, include Steve Wilson, Mark Turner, Seamus Blake, Gretchen Parlato, Kendrick Scott, Marcus Gilmore, Vicente Archer, Rogerio Boccato..etc. Her latest album “Tale Of A City” won the “Best Jazz Performance” at the 2012 Korean Music Award. Her album “Love Never Fails” won the “Best Jazz Album” at the 2010 Korean Music Awards. She also won twice as a “The Best Jazz Pianist” at the Reader’s Poll 2008/2010.
Young Joo taught at Baek-suk University, Seoul National University, Dong-duk Women’s University, and Seoul Institute Of The Arts since 2005.
In 2010, she took a break from her busy career and moved back to the U.S. for a year and received an Artist Diploma in Jazz Performance at SUNY Purchase College in May of 2011.
Ms. Young Joo Song has joined the faculty of The Piano School of NYC in 2012