South Korean pianist Yoonie Han is praised for her "flowing tones, poetic phrasing, and heavenly singing melodies” (Cincinnati Enquirer). At age 26, she has won top prizes from distinguished international competitions and the highest accolades for her poetic performances in major concert halls in the U.S. and around the world.
In the 2011-12 season, Ms. Han makes European debuts with the Berliner Symphoniker at the Berlin Philharmonie Hall, the Bergamo Festival in Italy and Salle Cortot in Paris. In the U.S. appearances include debuts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Merkin Hall in New York. In spring 2012, she embarks upon a recital tour to Steinway & Sons' locations in the U.S. and Europe.
In 2009, Ms. Han was honored with the Gawon Music Award as the “most brilliant pianist aged 17 to 31 of any nationality who possesses the most promising potential for global prominence.” She is the first-prize winner of the Washington International Piano Competition (2011), the Fulbright Concerto Competition (2011), Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition (2008), the World Piano Competition (2008), and the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition (2005), and has garnered major prizes at the Helsinki Maj Lind International Piano Competition and Milan Concorso Pianistico Ettore Pozzoli Internaziole. Following her 2001 grand-prize award in the Korea National Music Competition, the Korean Ministry of Culture named her its “most promising young artist.” Ms. Han made her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age 13, and has since performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Banff Festival Orchestra, and I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milan, under such maestros as JoAnn Falletta, Leif Segerstam and Lior Shambadal. She has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Finlandia Hall, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, Se-jong Performing Arts Center in Korea, and Villa Bertramka Mozart Museum in the Czech Republic. Her performances have also been broadcast on WQXR-New York and on NPR's "Artist Showcases."
Ms. Han received a Bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music studying with Eleanor Sokoloff, and a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School as a pupil of Robert McDonald. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at Stony Brook SUNY and an Artist Diploma at Université de Montréal.
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