A native South Korean, Hyungjin Choi is a New York-based jazz pianist and a classical
pianist whose distinctive voice and sound based on a classical background have attracted attention in the New York jazz scene.
After training as a classical pianist from her early age, Choi graduated from the
prestigious Seoul Institute of the Arts in 2006 and moved to New York in 2008 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where she earned a BFA degree inperforming arts in 2010 with a jazz scholarship and the Noah Osnos scholarship. There, Choi received the finest jazz education from such jazz masters as Sam Yahel, Reggie
Workman, Charles Tolliver, Jimmy Owens, Charlie Persip and Kevin Hays, and also
became involved in many projects including that of the great Billy Harper.
She has recorded and performed actively in many venues including Carnegie Hall(Weill Recital Hall), Le Poisson Rouge, Cornelia Street Cafe, Cutting Room, Rockwood Music Hall, Shape Shifter Lab, Drom and many others both as a sideman and a band leader. She worked as a music director at Onnuri In2 Church in Manhattan and currently a faculty member of the Music School of Westchester as well as holding a private teaching studio.
She also coordinated a concert series Jazzical Sessions in Bronx. Along with her husband, Cellist Ben Larsen, she also has been actively performing worldwide in Larsen-Choi duo covering extensive repertoire and the duo world premiered some works by notable composers such as Robert Sirota and Ke-chia Chen.
Choi's debut album "Tales Of A Dreamer" was released for PND Records on March 24th, 2014. Her arranging works can be found in many records including Lara Downes’ Grammy-nominated album “Holes in the sky” which was released for Sony Masterworks and also in Korean Music Award nominated “Coffee calls for a cigarette” by Souldman
Pianist Fintan O’Neill’s musical training started early, as he came from a musical family in his native Ireland (his mother, for example, sang operatic songs and played piano). After years of classical piano lessons (and a few years of tenor saxophone instruction) Fintan spent his college years playing in rock groups and found himself increasingly drawn to jazz.
The young pianist plunged full time into jazz studies and performance, and by 1987 he was a prize winner in the Jazz Piano category in the Dublin Music Festival Competition (Feis Ceoil). In1988, He began playing with the top Irish Jazz musicians in Dublin and was featured in the Tommy Halferty Trio at the Cork Jazz Festival.
Late in 1989, Fintan moved to New York City and began studies with several top New York pianists including Kenny Werner, James Williams and Larry willis. Shortly after that, Fintan began playing on the New York scene with many top players, including James Spaulding, Regina Carter, Steve Wilson, Lewis Nash, Peter Washington, Larry Coryell, Art Baron, Don Sickler, Brian Lynch, Javon Jackson, Abraham Burton, Theodross Avery, Dwayne Broadnax, Essiet Essiet, Dennis Irwin, Bob Cranshaw, Billy Pierce, Tony Reedus, Jeremy Pelt, Bill Mobley, Billy Drummond, Steve Kroon, Allen Harris, John Ellis,