Pianist Minna Han, whose musical gifts have drawn accolades ever since she was six years old, specializes in some of the most difficult works of Beethoven and Liszt. Her daredevil performances are praised as "profound," "compelling" and "filled with remarkable changes of color." The international performer made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall's prestigious Weill Recital Hall in 2007.
…open, mature, bright, emotional, intelligent, spiritual and reflective…
Dr. Han has performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Ensemble, and the Glendale City Orchestra. Her solo and joint recitals also include appearances at the famed Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles and Steinway Hall in New York, as well as at the University of Southern California, the University of Ontario in Canada, the "Young Artist Series" at the Eawon Cultural Arts Center in Seoul, Seoul Baroque Chamber Hall, Seoul Arts Center Recital Hall and IBK Chamber Hall and Kumho Art Hall in South Korea.
Now a sought-after instructor herself, Dr. Han studied in master classes taught by acclaimed classical pianists Daniel Pollack, Angela Cheng, Andre Watts, and Leonard Hokanson. She won the Artist International Presentations Award, as well as the Southern California Youth Piano Competition, the Southern California Junior Bach Competition, the Glendale Concerto Competition, and the Rising Star Audition in Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Han was a finalist or a semi-finalist for the the following competitions: the Concert Artist Guild International Competition in New York City, the Kingsville International Young Performers Competition, and the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Han started the piano at the age of six quickly winning local piano competitions in Seoul. At the age of 11, she came in first in Korea's national piano competition and was a guest performer at the Seo-Cho District Office in Seoul. At 16 years of age, she moved to Torrance, California and received merit scholarships from the Korean American Scholarship Foundation and the Korean Embassy in the United States.
Dr. Han received B.M. and M.M. degrees from Indiana University, where she was an associate instructor. As a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Dr. Han earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland. Her dissertation topic–”The Music Relating to Death: Its Musical Value and Reflection of Diverse Images”–often surprises anyone who meets the exuberant musician.
Former faculty member of Frederick College, International School of Music in the states, Dr. Han is Assistant Professor at Suwon University in South Korea. Moreover, she enthusiastically performs as a co-leader of Ensemble MOSAIC and a duet member of Duo SOLEO with her violinist, Dr. Joo-in Lee, throughout the U.S. and South Korea.