Born in Seoul, Korea, Hey Rim started playing piano at the early age of four, and by nine was giving her first public performances in classical music. By seventeen she had received numerous awards and significant recognition for her powerful and creative interpretation of the classics: from Bach to Chopin to Liszt. During this period, Hey Rim, gifted with perfect pitch, began learning music by ear. Deeply influenced by the dazzling improvisation of Oscar Peterson, Hey Rim decided to embark on a musical path that would both support her new found passion for jazz, and build upon her already formidable classical training.Her latest album release, Mona Lisa Puzzle (2008), contains a brand new collection of jazz originals and includes performances by Herbie Hancock's rhythm section; Terri Lyne Carrington, James Genus and Richie Barshay. Also featured is virtuosic saxophonist Dave Liebman. Mona Lisa Puzzle won the Best Jazz Album Category in the 2009 New England Urban Music Awards.