Jae is an award-winning Juilliard-trained New York-based composer, arranger, teacher, and pianist. As a versatile musician, he breaks boundaries between genres as a composer and performer, and is equally at home with classical, jazz, and popular music. An active arranger in the New York music scene, his big-band arrangement for the History of Men Moving On video, featured on the popular YouTube channel, "cdza," was highlighted on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. As a celebrated pianist, he has won numerous regional and state piano competitions throughout his career as both a classical and jazz pianist, and actively concertizes around the United States.
He is the recipient of many national awards, including the prestigious First Prize of the National Association for Music Education Composers Contest, First Prize of the American Prize in Composition (youngest winner in its history), National Prize of the Music Teachers National Association Composition Competition, and Awards from the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Competition and MuSE Young Composers Competition, among many others. His works have been commissioned and performed by numerous ensembles, including “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, MuSE String Quartet, and Atlanta Academy String Quartet. His music has been performed at The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Fox Theatre in Atlanta, The Secret Theatre at the Sounds of Arts Festival, The Juilliard School, Savannah Convention Center, and Gwinnett Civic Center. He also attended the European American Musical Alliance program in Paris as a Brian Shea Fellow studying composition with David Conte and counterpoint with Phillip Lasser.
He is currently a Teaching Fellow in the Music Theory Department at Juilliard, a position he held since his third year of undergraduate studies. He is also serving as the Graduate Studies Teaching Assistant for classes on Beethoven and the American Symphony. As a Gluck Community Service Fellow, which supports the development of a personal commitment to community service, he frequently performs in various healthcare facilities around the New York City area. As a pianist, he serves as the staff accompanist for the Music Advancement Program, an instruction program at Juilliard for highly talented children from backgrounds underrepresented in American performing arts; he accompanies for the MAP Chorus and for student recitals.
He is currently a senior and a first-year masters composition student at The Juilliard School in the “highly selective” Accelerated B.M./M.M. program under the tutelage of Christopher Rouse, a Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winner and the former Composer-in-Residence of the New York Philharmonic. He is the recipient of the Peter Mennin and Vincent Persichetti Endowment Fund, Henry Mancini Fellowship, Cartwright Scholarship, J. & L. Dreyfus Scholarship, Piser Scholarship, Juilliard Scholarship, Juilliard Alumni Scholarship, and Juilliard Scholarship Fund.