South Korean pianist Yoonie Han is praised for her “flowing tones, poetic phrasing, and heavenly singing melodies” (Cincinnati Enquirer). She has won top prizes from distinguished international competitions and the highest accolades for her performances in major concert halls throughout the U.S. and the world.
Last season, Ms. Han made European debuts with the Berliner Symphoniker at the Berlin Philharmonie Hall, the Bergamo Festival in Italy, and Salle Cortot in Paris. This season, Ms. Han embarks on a recital tour to Steinway & Sons’ locations in both the U.S. and Europe, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Slovak Philharmonic Hall in Bratislava, Slovakia. She also will solo with Philippe Entremont and the Boca Raton Symphonia, in Florida.
Ms. Han was honored in 2009 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), Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer 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 the Milan Pianistico Ettore Pozzoli Internaziole. Following her 2001 grand prize award in the Korean 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, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the Banff Festival Orchestra, and I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milan, under such maestros as JoAnn Falletta, Leif Segerstam, and Lior Shambadal. Ms. Han has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, at Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, the Se-Jong Performing Arts Center in Seoul, Korea, and the Villa Bertramka Mozart Museum in the Czech Republic. Her performances also have been broadcast on WQXR-New York and on National Public Radio’s “Artist Showcases.”
Ms. Han received a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Eleanor Solokoff, and a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, as a pupil of Robert McDonald. She continues studies with Jean Saulnier.