Yoonie Han - Piano
Bilkent University - Turkey
“Praised by her "flowing tones, poetic phrasing and heavenly singing melodies" (Cincinnati Inquirer), 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 Competition, Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, the World Piano Competition, and the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, and has garnered major prizes at the Helsinki Maj Lind International Piano Competition, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize, Concorso Pianistico Ettore Pozzoli Internaziole, and Recontre International Piano Competition in France. 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 by Italian Academy Foundation, and an award by 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, Juilliard PC Orchestra, and I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milan. She has played such celebrated venues as at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Frick Collections, Boston University Tanglewood Festival, Myra Hess Series, Harvard University, Philips Collections in the U.S., Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Bergamo Festival, Salle Cortot in Paris, 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 others. Her album, ‘Love and Longing’ on Steinway Records was nominated as ‘Album of the week’ on WQXR, and is quickly raised on Billboard Classical Chart.
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 completing her Doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook. She is currently on the faculty of Piano performance and Chamber Music at the Bilkent University, Turkey.
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, as well as Dolce & Gabbana, the Italian fashion house, which has supplied gowns for her concerts.
Yoonie Han is a Steinway Concert & Recording artist.