Ms. Rami Seo is an accomplished gayakeum artist whose expansive musical repertoire on the 12-string gayakeum and the 25-string gayakeum spans the traditional and the contemporary to include ancient Korean court music and folk music, as well as current and cross-cultural compositions from across the globe.
Born and bred in Seoul, Korea, Ms.Seo is the protégé of world class maestros and several of Korea’s most revered National Cultural Living Treasure title-holders. She graduated from the prestigious National Music School and Seoul High School for Korean Traditional Arts with full scholarship and top honors. In 2002, she was Class Valedictorianat Chung-Ang University, College of Korean Traditional Performing Arts, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Korean Traditional Music and Music Education. With an impending Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology from Hunter College, Ms. Seo is a bona-fide scholar, musician, and performance artist.
Winner of multiple performing arts competitions, Ms. Seo has graced many renowned stages throughout the United States, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras , Trinidad ans Tobago, China, Korea and Japan, both as a soloist and in collaboration with other famed artists. Major works include performances at the National Grand Theater of Korea, Korean Traditional Orchestra of Seoul, Korean National Orchestra for Traditional Music, Chung-Ang Orchestra, 212 Chamber Orchestra,1988 Seoul Olympics Anniversary Commemoration, Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project for World Music, Korea 35, World Music Virtuosi Concert at Lincoln Center, Isaac Stern of Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital of Carnegie Hall, United Nations, Korean Embassy, Korean Cultural Service, Asia Society, Korea Society, National Folk Festival in Richmond, Virginia, Jeff Fairbanks Jazz Orchestra Concert, Futurism on the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of Marinetti’s Manifesto, the American Festival of Microtonal Music, La Mama, Flushing Town Hall, Symphony Space, The DiMenar Center, The Kennedy Center, Byant Park, Time Square, Blue note, Smalls, Smithsonian Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018 celebrating, 2018 PyeongChang Night to celebrate the adoption of the UN General Assembly resolution and Connon House in the White House.
To date, Ms. Seo has released several albums and singles including First Morning, Fallen Leaves, Kaya Song with Fred Ho and her Asian Jazz Fusion Concert recording in collaboration with the Jeff Fairbanks Jazz Orchestra. A passionate and inspiring instructor, she is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at local schools, colleges, cultural workshops and events. A community activist who believes in making the world a better place through music, Ms. Seo is also the founder and music director of GEMiNY, an emerging gayakeum ensemble for young artists, and the ever popular band Rami Seo’s project WORLD MUSIC ENSEMBLE.