Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Yoonjung Han: Piano Concert Presented by STEINWAY & SONS

Date: Wednesday 9 February 2011 (7.00pm)
Venue: Steinway Hall, 44 Marylebone Lane off Wigmore Street, LONDON W1U 2DB
PROGRAMMEBACH - BUSONI Chaconne in D minor
HAYDN Sonata in E flat Major, Hob:52
I. Allegro II. Adagio III. Presto
GRANADOS Goyescas V. El amor y la muerte
SCHUMANN Carnaval Op.9


Born in South Korea in 1986, Yoonjung Han graduated from the Yewon Arts School and Seoul Arts High School with highest honours. In 2003 she graduated from the pre-college division of Juilliard, having studied with Victoria Mushkatkol. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Eleanor Sokoloff and her Master’s from Juilliard as a pupil of Robert McDonald. She is currently pursuing Doctoral studies at Stony Brook, State University of New York, with Christina Dahl and her Artist Diploma at Universit√© de Montreal with Jean Saulnier.
She won her first gold medal at age nine at the Samick Piano Competition in South Korea and went on to capture further gold medals at other events in her country. She then became a prize winner at the Helsinki Maj Lind and other international competitions, including the Milan Concorso Pianistico Ettore Pozzoli, and in 2008 First Prize at the Gina Bachauer Competition at Juilliard. The Korean Ministry of Culture named her ‘Most Promising Young Artist’, followed by the grand prize at the Korea National Music Competition, and in 2009 she obtained the Gawon Music Award as ‘The most brilliant pianist aged 17-31 of any nationality who possesses the most promising potential for global prominence’. In 2010 she was awarded the Keyboard Trust – Gala Career Development Prize at the Santa Catarina International Competition in Brazil.
She made her solo debut at age 13 with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, since when she has performed in major cities in the USA, Asia and Europe; at New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall, the Myra Hess series in Chicago, the Phillips Collection in Washington, San Rocco Theatre in Italy, Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Se-Jong Concert Hall in Korea, and the Villa Bertramka Mozart Museum in the Czech Republic.
She has appeared as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, I Pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, and the Symphony Orchestras of Mississippi, Houston, Fort Collins, Shreveport and Jefferson, and the Banff Festival Orchestra, with conductors of the stature of Joann Falletta, Leif Segerstam and Lior Shambadal.
She has broadcast on WQXR New York, National Public Radio’s Young Artist Showcases, WHYY Philadelphia, Houston Public Radio, WFMT Chicago, WRR Dallas, TV-Polmusic in Poland and CBS, EBS in Korea.


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