Yoonjung Han

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Han.
Yoonie Han
Birth name Yoonjung Han
Born (1985-01-12) January 12, 1985 (age 32)
South Korea
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Pianist, entertainer, professor
Instruments Piano
Years active 1998-present
Labels Steinway & Sons, Concert Artists Guild
Website www.yooniehan.com
Yoonjung Han
Hangul 한윤정
Hanja 韓侖廷
Revised Romanization Han Yunjeong
McCune–Reischauer Han Yunjŏng

Yoonjung "Yoonie" Han (born January 12, 1985 in South Korea[1][2]) is an award-winning South Korean-born American classical pianist.


State University of New York Stony Brook (Stony Brook, NY)
Doctor of Musical Arts
The Juilliard School (New York, NY)
Master of Music
The Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia, PA)
Bachelor of Music
The Juilliard School Pre-College (New York, NY) 2003

Principal teachers: Robert McDonald, Eleanor Sokoloff, Eduardus Halim

Teaching experience[edit]

University masterclasses / seminars / recitals:


Han's first competitive performance was at age 13, in the Seoul Philharmonic competition, which she won. This was followed by many more such engagements.[15] In 2010, music critic Jon Sobel wrote that she would likely be among the premiere young pianists of the decade, "one of those natural-born performers who become one with the instrument—not trying to surmount it, as a more showy pianist might, but rather losing herself in the music like an actor merging magnetically with a role."[16] Han has also enjoyed special sponsorships from Roche Bobois,[17] the Paris-based international retailer of fine furniture; Breguet,[18] France’s leading maker of luxury timepieces, and Dolce & Gabbana,[19] the Italian fashion house, which has supplied gowns for her concerts.

Han's last album, Love and Longing,[20] on the Steinway & Sons label,[21] was quickly raised on the Classical Billboard chart, and was nominated as "Album of the Week"[22] on WQXR. Her second album with Steinway & Sons was released in February, 2017, Enrique Granados' complete Goyescas to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth. The album features Black Duchess of Alba of Francisco Goya.

Han is a Steinway & Sons concert and recording artist. She is on the faculty of Piano and Chamber Music at Bilkent University, Turkey.


At age thirteen, Han made her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at Sejong Concert Hall, playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto Number 3 in C minor.[23]

Han won the Concerto Competition at the Juilliard Pre-College, and performed with the Pre-College Symphony at the Juilliard Theater. On February 19, 2005 she performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto Number 2 in C minor with the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra in Pottstown, Pennsylvania as part of their Masterworks II: Young Artist Showcase program.[24] She was selected as one of thirty-eight pianists worldwide and from May 9 to June 5, 2005 participated in the 2005 TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute Young Artists program in conjunction with the Twelfth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, performing at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the PepsiCo Recital Hall at the TCU Walsh Center for Performing Arts.[25]

On February 24, 2006, Han performed a two-hour recital of Bach-Busoni, Mozart, Chopin, and Liszt at Dudley Recital Hall at the University of Houston.[26] On July 23, 2006 she performed as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in their "Bravo Beethoven" concert at Artpark.[27] As the 2005 Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition winner, on November 4 and 19, 2006, Han performed solo recitals at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York.[28]

On March 7, 2007, Han performed a recital at the Fifth Annual Steinway Piano Festival at Dauer Hall at the University of Florida.[29] On September 15, 2007 she opened the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra's 60th season, performing the Liszt Piano Concerto Number 1 in E-flat major in their Diamond Jubilee concert.[30]

In June 2008, Han won the 2008 Juilliard Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and the Munz Chopin Competition. Along with a Lincoln Center recital, the winners received full tuition scholarships to Juilliard.[31] On August 10, 2008 Han performed Mozart's Piano Concerto Number 22 in E-flat major, K. 482 at Eric Harvie Theatre with the Banff Festival Orchestra at the 2008 Banff Summer Arts Festival in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.[32] On October 28, 2008 she gave a recital at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati, Ohio as the gold medalist of the 2008 Cincinnati World Piano Competition.[33]


On June 10, 2009, Han performed in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series at Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center.[34] The concert was also broadcast live on WFMT (98.7 FM) radio and Channel 25 television.

She performed again at the Vladimir Nielsen Piano Festival[35] in Sag Harbor, New York.[36]

Han received the 2009 Gawon International Music Society[37] of Seoul, South Korea award. This award is given to the "most brilliant pianist aged 17-31 of any nationality who possesses the most promising potential for global prominence, to provide support for the artist's continued development and maturation as a musician." Han performed a solo recital at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul, South Korea on September 19, 2009 as part of the award.[38]

On April 16, 2010, Han performed a solo recital of Haydn, Chopin, Granados, and R. Schumann at Starr Theater, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City.[39]

On July 10, 2010, she won the Keyboard Charitable Trust Career Development Award at the Concurso Internacional de Piano in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil.[40]


On April 29, 2011, Han won the Fourth Prize at the Premi Internacional Pianístic de Paterna in Paterna, Valencia, Spain.[41]

On May 22, 2011, she won the First Prize and Audience Prize out of 150 entrants from 40 countries at the Fulbright Concerto Competition in Fayetteville, Arkansas.[42] On May 28, 2011, she won the First Prize, Louis A. Potter Award out of 222 entrants at the 2011 Washington International Competition for Piano at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C..[43] On September 11, 2011 she was one of six pianists in the world named a finalist for the Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize awarded by the city of Eppan an der Weinstraße, Italy.[44] On November 24, 2011 she won the Rencontre International de Piano competition in Paris, sponsored by the Automobile Club de France.[45]

On November, 2011, Han made her European debut playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Berliner Symphoniker at the main stage of Berlin Philharmonie. The following week, she continued her European tour, playing at the Beckstein in Frankfurt, Germany, and then at the Salle Cortot in Paris. On December 7, 2011 she returned to perform a solo recital of Mompou and Granados at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series at Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center.[34] The concert was also broadcast live on WFMT (98.7 FM) radio and wfmt.com.

On March 28, 2012, Han made her Kennedy Center solo recital debut in the Terrace Theater in Washington, DC. She played a program of Bach-Busoni Chaconne, Granados Goyescas "Los Requiebros" and "El Amor Y La Muerte," Liszt En Rêve and La Campanella, and Schumann Carnaval. The recital was presented by the Friday Morning Music Club in honor of Han's first prize in the 2011 Washington International Competition for Piano.[46]

On July 18, 2012, WQXR-FM New York radio broadcast Han's Dvorak "Two Slavonic Dances" and Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 with the New York Concert Artists Symphony Orchestra conducted by as part of their weekly McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase program.[47]

In December, 2012 Yoonie Han was honored as a Steinway Artist by Steinway & Sons in New York City, adding her to a roster of the most accomplished and discriminating artists in the world.[48] With the support of the Fulbright Foundation and Steinway, Han was the first concert classical pianist to make a tour of major Steinway galleries in USA and Europe. in May, 2013, her first album was released by Concert Artists Guild. In the winter of 2013 she performed the Beethoven Concerto No.3 with the Santa Cruz Symphony[49] and Boca Raton Symphonia.[50] She collaborated with New York Philarmonic Principal Clarinetist Anthony McGill[51] Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski,[52] and Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program. Han performed at the Frick Collection[53] in New York at a concert sponsored by Breguet,[54] the luxury watchmaker. At the Frick, she performed her own transcription of Franz Liszt's Concerto No. 1. She triumphed on her Europe tour at the Concertgebouw in Netherland, Slovakia Philharmonic Hall in Slovakia, and Bergamo Festival in Italy.


In January 2014, Han's Gloriosa Piano Trio[55] made a sold-out debut at the Flagler Museum[56] in Palm Beach, Florida. The Trio performed at New Jersey City University,[57] University of North Florida,[58] Boulder Chamber Orchestra Music Series,[59] Shorter University,[60] In January, she performed two concerts in a collaboration with scientists at Salk Institute[61] in California, and Max Planck Institute[62] in Florida.

In May, 2014, Han's album Love and Longing[63] on Steinway & Sons record label was named "Album of the Week"[64] on WQXR, and rise quickly on the Billboard Classical chart. At her CD release party at the Louis Meisel Gallery[65] in New York, she performed on the historic Centennial Steinway from 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. A special dress was provided for the occasion by Dolce & Gabbana. In December, 11, she played another cooperate event for the Legal Aid Society,[66] where she presented Schumann Carnaval Op. 9, and Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue. In June, 2014, Han received the "Brava!" award from the Italian Academy Foundation.[67] On September 19, 2014, Han opened the season of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra,[68] under the baton of Maestro David Wroe, with a performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1. On November 11, 2014, Han performed at the main showroom of the French luxury furniture company, Roche Bobois,[69] in New York, in association with Steinway[70] and Dolce & Gabbana The concert was a huge success, she played a further recital at their San Francisco showroom, and will return to the Seattle and Paris showrooms. Yoonie Han joined on the faculty of Piano and Chamber Music at the Bilkent University[71] in Ankara, Turkey. She performed with Juilliard Residence String Quartets Attaca[72] and Aelous[73] and gave a seminar (2015, 2016) at Baruch College City University of New York, with its Resident String Quartet, Alexander.[74]


In September, 2015, Han performed for the Philippine Cancer Society[75] Gala, and donated her albums on Steinway & Sons. In February, 2016, she played a recital for the 30th anniversary of Bilkent University Turkey. In April, 2016, Han presented a seminar at Harvard University[76] about her experience working with living composers, and performed a recital for the 50th anniversary for the Davis Center for Russian Studies. In the summer of 2016, she joined as a faculty member at Amalfi Coast Music Festival[77] Italy. In September, 2016, Han gave a masterclass and performance at Boston University [78] and New Jersey City University.[79] She also performed for American Cancer Society Hope Lodge[80] at Steinway Hall in New York, and donated her albums on Steinway & Sons.


In October, 2016, Han performed at Western New Mexico University[81] and Rio Grande Theater in New Mexico. In December, 2016, Han collaborated with the Canadian Brass.[82] In February, 2017, Han's second album with Enrique Granados' Goyescas was released on Steinway & Sons label to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth. The cover featured the famous painting of Francisco Goya, Black Duchess of Alba. In the same month, she gave a masterclass and performance at California State University Sacramento,[83] a seminar "Arts into Music into Performance" [84] at Baruch College City University of New York, and toured with her piano trio, Gloriosa[85] at Oxford College Emory University[86] and Georgia SouthWestern State University.[87] In the summer of 2017, Han joined as a faculty member at AmiCa Piano Festival,[88] Italy.


Date Sward Swarded by Location
July 2014 "Brava!" Italian Academy Foundation New York City, New York, US
December 2012 Steinway Artist[48] Steinway & Sons New York City, New York, US
24 November 2011 Winner 2011 Rencontre International de Piano competition sponsored by Automobile Club de France[45] Paris, France
11 September 2011 Finalist, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize 2011 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize awarded by the city of Eppan[44] Eppan an der Weinstraße, Italy
28 May 2011 First prize, Louis A. Potter Award 2011 Washington International Competition for Piano[43] Washington, D.C., US
22 May 2011 First prize, Audience prize 2011 Fulbright Concerto Competition[42] Fayetteville, Arkansas, US
29 April 2011 Fourth prize 2011 Premi Internacional Pianístic de Paterna[41] Paterna, Valencia, Spain
10 July 2010 The Keyboard Trust Career Development Prize 2010 Concurso Internacional de Piano, The City of Florianópolis[89] Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
14 October 2009 Semifinalist 10th San Antonio International Piano Competition[90] San Antonio, Texas, US
September 2009 2009 award winner [38] Gawon International Music Society[91] Seoul, South Korea
13 July 2008 First prize (gold medal) 52nd Cincinnati World Piano Competition[92] Cincinnati, Ohio, US
June 2008 Winner[31] 2008 Juilliard Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition New York City, New York, US
7 June 2007 Fifth prize Second Helsinki International Maj Lind Piano Competition[93] Helsinki, Finland
2006 First prize (gold medal) 58th Nena Wideman Piano Competition[94][95] Shreveport, Louisiana, US
5 May 2005 First prize 56th Kosciuszko Foundation National Chopin Piano Competition[96] New York City, New York, US
2005 Second prize, Audience Prize International Ettore Pozzoli Piano Competition[97] Seregno, Milan, Italy
2004 Winner Kathryn E. MacPhail Young Artist Competition[24] Pottstown, Pennsylvania, US
2001 Grand prize Korea National Music Competition Seoul, South Korea


  1. ^ Helsinki International Maj Lind Piano Competition 2007 - The competitors - Han Yoonjung
  2. ^ 2005 TCU Cliburn Institute - Young Artists - Participants
  3. ^ Baruch College, City University of New York
  4. ^ California State University Sacramento
  5. ^ Amalfi Coast Music Festival
  6. ^ AmiCa Piano Festival
  7. ^ New Jersey City University
  8. ^ San Francisco State University
  9. ^ University of North Florida
  10. ^ Western New Mexico University
  11. ^ Stony Brook University, State University of New York
  12. ^ Georgia SouthWestern State University
  13. ^ Oxford College, Emory University
  14. ^ Bilkent University
  15. ^ Ward, Charles. "2008 Ima Hogg National Young Artist Competition: The final four", Houston Chronicle (2008-06-06).
  16. ^ Sobel, John. "Music Review: Yoonjung Han Plays Chopin and Mompou", Seattle Post Intelligencer (2010-10-06).
  17. ^ Roche Bobois
  18. ^ Breguet
  19. ^ Dolce & Gabbana
  20. ^ Love and Longing
  21. ^ Steinway & Sons
  22. ^ "Album of the Week"
  23. ^ InstantEncore - Yoonjung Han, piano biography
  24. ^ a b Campman Piano Studio - Community Concerts and Recitals
  25. ^ 2005 TCU Cliburn Institute > Young Artists > Participants > Han, Yoonjung
  26. ^ Forum Polonia Houston - Eighth Annual Piano Concert featuring Yoonjung Han
  27. ^ WNY Polish American Events - July 2006
  28. ^ Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York > Calendar of Events 2006
  29. ^ University of Florida - College of Fine Arts News - University of Florida Presents the Fifth Annual Steinway Piano Festival March 6-9, 2007
  30. ^ Shreveport Symphony Diamond Jubilee - September 15, 2007[permanent dead link]
  32. ^ 2008 Banff Summer Arts Festival
  33. ^ Taft Museum of Art - World Piano Competition Recital
  34. ^ a b International Music Foundation - The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
  35. ^ Vladimir Nielsen Piano Festival
  36. ^ Vladimir Nielsen Piano Festival Presents Night of Piano Concerti
  37. ^ Gawon International Music Society
  38. ^ a b Gawon International Music Society - 2009 Award Winner - Yoonjung Han
  39. ^ Time Out New York - Opera & Classical - Yoonjung Han at Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center)
  40. ^ 2010 Concurso Internacional de Piano, The City of Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
  41. ^ a b Primer Premi Internacional Pianístic de Paterna – Results
  42. ^ a b Fulbright Concerto Competition
  43. ^ a b Friday Morning Music Club, Inc. – 2011 Washington International Competition for Piano
  44. ^ a b 2011 International Piano Academy Eppan – The Pianists
  45. ^ a b Alink-Argerich Foundation - Competition Results 2011 - Rencontre International de Piano, Paris
  46. ^ The Washington Post: Pianist Yoonie Han hits sweet spot at Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, 29 March 2012
  47. ^ WQXR – The McGraw-Hill Companies Young Artists Showcase: Double Keyboard Delight
  48. ^ a b Steinway & Sons – Steinway Artists – Last name begins with “H”
  49. ^ Santa Cruz Symphony
  50. ^ Boca Raton Symphonia
  51. ^ Anthony McGill
  52. ^ Dariusz Skoraczewski
  53. ^ Frick Collection
  54. ^ Breguet
  55. ^ Gloriosa Piano Trio
  56. ^ Flagler Museum
  57. ^ New Jersey City University
  58. ^ University of North Florida
  59. ^ Boulder Chamber Orchestra Music Series
  60. ^ Shorter University
  61. ^ Salk Institute
  62. ^ Max Planck Institute
  63. ^ Love and Longing
  64. ^ "Album of the Week"
  65. ^ Louis Meisel Gallery
  66. ^ Legal Aid Society
  67. ^ Italian Academy Foundation
  68. ^ New Jersey Festival Orchestra
  69. ^ Roche Bobois
  70. ^ Steinway
  71. ^ Bilkent University
  72. ^ Attaca
  73. ^ Aelous
  74. ^ Alexander
  75. ^ Philippine Cancer Society
  76. ^ Harvard University
  77. ^ Amalfi Coast Music Festival
  78. ^ Boston University
  79. ^ New Jersey City University
  80. ^ American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
  81. ^ Western New Mexico University
  82. ^ Canadian Brass
  83. ^ California State University Sacramento
  84. ^ "Arts into Music into Performance"
  85. ^ Gloriosa
  86. ^ Oxford College Emory University
  87. ^ Georgia SouthWestern State University
  88. ^ AmiCa Piano Festival
  89. ^ 2010 Concurso Internacional de Piano, The City of Florianópolis
  90. ^ San Antonio International Piano Competition
  91. ^ Gawon International Music Society
  92. ^ The World Piano Competition
  93. ^ Helsinki International Maj Lind Piano Competition 2007 - Results
  94. ^ The Wideman Piano Competition - Past Winners
  95. ^ The 58th Wideman Piano Competition - 2006 Winners
  96. ^ Kosciuszko Foundation Announces Chopin Piano Competition Winners
  97. ^ Concorso Pianistico Internazionale Ettore Pozzoli - Winner's List

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