Sophie Min is a young Korean-Australian pianist, composer and improvising artist whose work shows a distinctive personal aesthetic and one of the most outstanding young jazz musicians in Australia. She has featured as one of the emerging talents of Australia on ABC Jazz in 2021.
Sophie’s work has been performed in Australia, Europe, Korea, Canada and the USA. Sophie is a bandleader and composer of the Sophie Min Orchestra. She has released 5 albums, these recordings investigate a wide range of improvisational practices and her compositional journey showing her core interest in improvised music and independent sound approaches in the varied small ensembles. Her latest album 'Bellwether' (2020) for the 12-piece jazz ensemble takes her own musical vision to a daring new place by string and modern jazz arranging atmosphere. Her music will feature at the Sydney International Women’s Jazz Festival commissioned by APRA and SIMA.
She enjoys engaging herself with other passionate artists and contributes to concerts, workshops, interviews and virtual art projects. She has done several commissioned works which include compositions for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Brisbane International Jazz Festival, Sydney International Jazz Festival and EMO big band.
Recent activities such as earning a position in the JM Jazz World Orchestra for the Europe Tour, attending the Banff International Workshop, studying with Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey and Jen Shu have only enhanced her desire to develop a unique voice as a performer and composer. She is currently continuing her masters research entitled ‘Narrative Driven Practice: the Process of Arranging and Composing Music through Piano Improvisations’ at the Queensland Conservatorium and she is also teaching and mentoring the jazz and pop department students with creative approaches and her own strategies.
"Sophie Min may seem unassuming but when she writes music you witness a lion roar and you hear and feel a very evolved spirit expressing deep knowledge, passion and the mystery of our human condition" - Barney McAll