About Christian Yi
Christian Yi is a performing musician, arranger, composer, pianist and keyboardist, educator, producer, and music director. Starting around the age of 5 he began taking classical piano lessons. After a few years of instruction he ventured into the musical realms of jazz, pop, church, rock, and soul music working extensively with a variety of phenomenal educators throughout his musical career. He is now an aspiring professional musician and working in a wide variety of musical settings.
Currently, Christian is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University. He has the amazing opportunity to study jazz piano with Professor and Northern Illinois Director of Jazz Studies, Reggie Thomas. He also has studied with Tom Garling, professor of jazz trombone, in jazz arranging and composition, Dr. Jeong-Soo Kim, professor of classical piano studies, in classical piano, Dr. David Maki, director of Music Theory and Composition, in composition, and Geof Bradfield, associate professor of jazz saxophone, in improvisation and literature.
Christian has performed at the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall (Northern Illinois University), Pick-Staiger Concert Hall (Northwestern University), The Jazz Showcase (Chicago, IL), the Chicago Symphony Center (Chicago, IL), the House Cafe (DeKalb, IL), Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL), and the United Center (Chicago, IL). He also plays Hammond organ throughout various locations in the Chicagoland area.
Christian wants to bring his comprehensive experience and education to Musical Expressions to create a unique and meaningful teaching environment for his students. He seeks to provide a fluent understanding of music, both technical and artistic, and a skill that will serve students for the rest of their lives. Christian provides a customized curriculum for all of his students and adjusts his teaching according to his student’s needs in order to optimize learning. He strives to honor his students and help them achieve greatness.
Christian has many interests, including nature exploration, cooking and eating many different types of food, photography and video, traveling, performing for people, human connection, mental health, and all aspects of art and creativity.