Min Rager
LEADER
BIOGRAPHY

Born in Seoul,Korea,Min Rager began her jazz career performing in local jazz clubs. Her reputation quickly grew and by 1996 she was performing with some of Korea's top jazz musicians in a variety of settings from clubs to concerts.
In 1997 she moved to Montreal to attend McGill University where she studied with Wray Downes, Jeff Johnston, Kevin Dean, Andre White, Gordon Foote and Jan Jarczyk. While at McGill,she continued to develop as a pianist and composer and graduated 2003 with the distinction of "Outstanding achievement in Jazz Piano".
In 2003 Min formed a quintet as a vehicle for her original compositions and arrangements.This group has performed in several premier venues including Upstairs and La Maison du Culture Frontenac and toured nationally with the assistance of the Canada Council for the arts. In 2004 this group completed a studio recording for the CBC Radio II.The recording was released as Min's debut CD "Bright Road" on the EFFENDI label in October of 2005.
At the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2005 her Quintet was nominated for the "Grand prix de jazz General Motors".Also that year, Min's Trio performed at Montreal's L'OFF Festival de Jazz where she was the recipient of the "Best New Artist" award.
Min is currently on staff both at McGill University as a part-time faculty member where she teaches courses in the jazz department and at the McGill conservatory where she teaches jazz piano.

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