Biography

Praised for her “flowing tones, poetic phrasing and heavenly singing melodies” (Cincinnati Inquirer), and “musical imagination and feel for complex textures drew vivid images” (Washington Post), South Korean pianist Yoonie Han has won top prizes in distinguished international competitions and the highest accolades for her poetic performances in major concert halls in the U.S. and around the world.

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, the Fulbright Concerto Competition, the World Piano Competition, the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, Juilliard’s Frederich Nordmann Piano Competition, Music Teachers’ National Association, and has garnered major prizes at the Helsinki Maj Lind International Piano Competition, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize, Concorso Pianistico Ettore Pozzoli Internaziole, Valencia / Paterna, and Recontre International Piano Competitions. Following her 2001 grand-prize award in the Korea National Music Competition, the Korean Ministry of Culture named her its “most promising young artist.” She is the recipient of “Brava!” award given by the Italian Academy Foundation, as well as an award from London Keyboard Trust.

Having made her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at Seoul Arts Center at age 13, Ms. Han has since performed with the Berlin Symphoniker, Buffalo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Banff Festival Orchestra, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, Juilliard Pre-College Symphony, and I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milan. She has played such celebrated venues as at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Frick Collections, Boston University Tanglewood Festival, Harvard University, New York University, University of Florida, Embassy Series in Washington D.C., Rockefeller University’s Tri-Noon Series, Myra Hess Series, Embassy Series, Phillips Collections in the U.S., Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Bergamo Festival in Italy, Salle Cortot in France, Mozart Museum in Czech Republic, Kumho Arts Hall, and SeJong Performing Arts Center in Korea. In 2012-13, with supports from Fulbright Foundation, she has toured Steinway Halls in U.S., and Europe. Her performances have also been broadcast on WQXR- New York, NPR’s “Artist Showcases”, Chicago’s WFMT, and many other radio stations. Her debut album was released by Concert Artists Guild. Her second album, ‘Love and Longing’ on Steinway Records was “Album of the week” on WQXR and made the Top 20 on the Billboard Classical Chart. Her upcoming album, “Goyescas,”  also on Steinway Records, will be released in 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversaryy of the birth of the composer, Enrique Granados.

Ms. Han received her Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music studying with Eleanor Sokoloff, and her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School as a pupil of Robert McDonald. She is completing her Doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook. Her mentors are Eduardus Halilm, Philippe Entremont, and Anton Kuerti. She is currently a member of the Piano Performance and Chamber Music  faculty at Bilkent University inTurkey. She has given lectures and masterclasses at Harvard University, New York University, San Francisco Conservatory, Baruch College of City University of New York, Boston University, College of William & Mary, Steinway Hall in New York and Washington D.C., California State University in Sacramento, Juilliard School, Stony Brook University of the State University of New York, Fulbright College of the University of Arkansas, the University of North Dakota, and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy.

As an avid Chamber Musician, Yoonie Han is the founder of the Gloriosa Piano Trio, with which she had a sold-out debut at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida. The Trio has completed its residencies at New Jersey City University, the University of North Florida, Shorter University in Georgia, and Georgia South Western University. She has collaborated with Canadian Brass, the Alexander String Quartet, the Attacca Quartet,  the Aeolus Quartet, Anthony McGill, the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Program, and the Kronberg Academy in Germany.

Ms. Han has also enjoyed special sponsorships from Roche Bobois, the Paris-based international retailer of fine furniture; Breguet, Switzerland’s leading maker of luxury timepieces, and Dolce & Gabbana, the Italian fashion house, which has supplied gowns for her concerts.

She has performed private concerts for the American Cancer Society, the Philippines Cancer Society, the Legal Aid Society, the American Friends of London Philharmonic, the Els Foundation, and New York Asian Week.

She is an Assistant Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at Bilkent University, Turkey.

Yoonie Han is a Steinway Concert and Recording Artist, recording for the Steinway & Sons record label as well as for Steinway’s new Spirio player piano.

“ʺBrava!”ʺ Award by Italian Academy Foundation 2014
Washington International Competition 1st Prize 2011
Fulbright Concerto Competition 1st Prize 2011
Recontre International Piano Competition in Paris Laureate 2011
Artur Benedetti Michelangeli Prize Finalist 2011
Paterna International Piano Competition 4th Prize 2011
London Keyboard Trust Award 2010
Gawon International Music Society Competition 1st Prize 2009
Cincinnati World Piano Competition 1st Prize 2008
Juilliard Gina Bachauer Piano Competition 1st Prize 2008
Helsinki Maj Lind International Piano Competition 5th Prize 2007
Buono&Bradshaw International Piano Competition 1st Prize 2007
Juilliard Munz Chopin Competition 2nd Prize 2007
Nena Wideman Piano Competition 1st Prize 2006
Concorso Pianistico Internaziole Ettore Pozzoli 2nd Prize 2005
Kosciuszko Chopin Competition 1st Prize 2005
Music Teacher National Association Competition Winner 2003
Juilliard Frederich Nordmann Piano Competition 1st Prize 2002
Juilliard Pre-­‐‑College Mozart Concerto Competition 1st Prize 2001
The Most Promising Young Artist Award by Korean Culture Ministry 1999
Korea National Music Competition Grand Prize 1999