Dabin Ryu is a pianist from South Korea who started to play at the age of four. Her first exposure to music was classical piano, which she studied for eight years. In middle school, she began studying other contemporary styles and chose to focus on jazz. After intense study, she was accepted on a full scholarship to Gimcheon Art High School. There Ryu was exposed to many different styles of contemporary music and was fortunate enough to study with Yeonju Choi, under whose direction Ryu refined her piano skills as well as her musical knowledge. At the age of 19, she started her own group and began to compose and play her own music. She then realized that she wanted to continue composing.
Ryu attended Howon University on a full scholarship for one year before getting a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music. At Berklee, Ryu is studying both piano performance and jazz composition. She has played for several student-run recitals and Berklee ensembles. In November of 2015, she played at Ryles Jazz Club with Berklee’s Tower of Power Ensemble. She has also expanded her composition portfolio, composing music inspired by both jazz and hip-hop. Ryu will continue to hone her playing and composing skills while giving 100 percent at every opportunity she has.