South Korean pianist Yoonie Han is praised for her “flowing tones, poetic phrasing, and heavenly singing melodies” (Cincinnati Enquirer) and “her musical imagination and feel for complex textures drew vivid images” (Washington Post). She 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 (2011), the Fulbright Competition (2011), Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition (2008), the Cincinnatti 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 Berlin Symphoniker, Buffalo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Banff Festival Orchestra, and I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milan, under such maestros as JoAnn Falletta, Leif Segerstam, Philippe Entremont, and Lior Shambadal. She has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Berlin Philharmonie Hall, Finlandia Hall, Slovak Philharmonic Hall, the Bergamo Festival in Italy, Salle Cortot in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, and Sejong Performing Arts Center in Korea. 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 continues studying with Philippe Entremont and Jean Saunier. She is completing her Doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook. Yoonie Han is a Steinway Artist.