We are happy to announce that Mina Cho has been selected as the Artist of the Month by the Somerville Arts Council! Please take a moment to read the interview with Mina to know more about her musical journey and passion.
From the interview:
"... At the very first chapel I attended, I opened the door and there was a very old grand piano. Instantly, inside I almost cried, because in my final year of high school, my parents had to sell the piano, and I had continued to practice at our church at night. So seeing the piano was very touching. At the time, I had kind of given up on dreaming of being a pianist. But looking at the piano, I felt God was telling me to follow my heart.
During the service, there was a group singing Psalm 23. It was a mind-shifting moment, and I thought, if I ever do music again, I want to create the kind of music that touched my heart in that way. Everyone I met at the university in the theology department challenged me. Musically, I was very technically advanced, but spiritually immature, and these teachers and colleagues were inspiring.
I started looking for a jazz piano teacher. There was no big ambition at first—I just wanted to be able to accompany beautiful singing with beautiful chords. Though I had dreamed of becoming a classical artist, I also liked many of the popular artists in the 90’s like Mariah Carey, and secretly played their music. Then, being challenged by my friends at university, I started to go ahead and do what I wanted to do. ... So my journey as a jazz pianist began when I gave up the journey as a classical pianist. ..."
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