Claire Yunjin Lee - Piano
Claire Yunjin Lee is a pianist, composer, and educator who is graduating from Humber College with a Bachelor of Music, where she won the Marilyn Michener Award. Born in Seoul, Korea, Claire moved to Canada at 13 and her interest in music grew while studying in the Introduction to Jazz Performance program at Humber, prior to her degree.
Over the years at Humber, she studied with world-renowned musicians such as Robi Botos, Nancy Walker, Brian Dickinson, Bernie Senensky, Mike Downes, and Kirk MacDonald. She also studied with Neil Swainson and Lorne Lofsky through Youth Jazz Canada’s workshop, and had an opportunity to perform with guest artists Peter Bernstein and Dick Oatts.
She has been performing at popular venues in Toronto, such as The Rex, Gate 403, the Jazz Bistro, and The Tranzac. Claire is inspired by a wide variety of music including jazz, contemporary classical, avant-garde music, Korean traditional music, and music from other cultures around the world. She seeks to integrate her Korean heritage and it’s music with her jazz and classical influences in her future work.
Claire has been teaching music for 6 years through music schools and private lessons. Covering diverse genres of music, her lessons specialize in jazz piano/improvisation, classical piano, aural training, music theory, composition and RCM/post-secondary entrance audition preparations.
Claire believes that developing aural skills and nurturing enjoyment of music are the ultimate goals of learning music. She encourages students to learn repertoires by ear, sing along the tunes, and expose themselves to various genre of music. Claire also believes that the process of learning music is a valuable experience in life that can enhance one’s discipline, communicating skills, perseverance, awareness and appreciation of the art.