Yurina’s relationship with music and piano started at an early age – she began formal piano lessons at age 5 and for the next 10 years participated in dozens of recitals and competitions, winning awards for her performances. After graduating with a degree in music education from Chonnam National University in Korea, she began working as a music teacher at public schools, continuing her studies in music and working to inspire students to pursue their musical dreams. As her interest and passion for music expanded, she started working as a composer for professional singers, publishing a number of songs and music, while also collaborating with filmmakers, producers, gaming, and commercial music production companies. Her music and songs have been widely aired and played on television and radio broadcasts throughout Korea, and have also been used in video games and films.
To expand her knowledge in music, she continued her research and education at New York University, where she enrolled in the Film Scoring Program, earning a Masters Degree with honors. Yurina's talent was recognized through a scholarship granted by the Sorel Organization, specifically for her work in keeping musical excellence alive and for helping to expand the boundaries for women in music. She was further recognized through the granting of the prestigious Elmer Bernstein Award. Yurina also completed course work in orchestration at the world-renown Juilliard School. Yurina has continued working as a professional composer for film, television and commercials, while also performing live around the country and maintaining a teaching schedule to continue developing, nurturing and guiding her piano students to achieve their dreams. Her music is available on iTunes, Amazon and at most major music stores.
As a piano teacher, Yurina emphasizes proper habits for all her students, understanding of proper piano mechanics, the need to practice outside of class, and believes that communication and feedback between student and teacher are keys to success. Yurina also believes that is important for the student to enjoy what they are doing while also understanding why they are doing it. She carefully tracks her student’s progress to be able to spot and correct problem areas, motivate them through demonstrable progress and to ensure that through steady practice, they achieve their full potential.