VIDEO: Student Pianist Chaeree Kaang

February 13, 2012

South Korean pianist Chaeree Kaang’s musical imagination was sparked in church, but it’s jazz that makes her feel like she can fly. She strives to communicate faith, hope, love, and joy to her listeners.

Kaang learned to play the piano before she learned to read. She played as an accompanist in church services from age 10 onward. Her first piano lesson came from a member of the congregation, a professional jazz pianist, who introduced her to a range of styles and told her about Berklee. Kaang completed the diploma program at the Berklee International Network partner, the Seoul Jazz Academy. In 2009, she participated in the annual Jarasum International Jazz Concours. Kaang hopes to become a contemporary pianist and believes that Berklee will help her achieve this.

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