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South Korea born pianist, Jiwon Han raised in a family of musicians. At the age of ten, his debut performance drew attention when he appeared as a soloist with Korean Philharmonic Orchestra in 1997 performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K.488. In the same year, he gave his first solo recital at Incheon Culture and Arts Center. He appeared in most of the major concert venues in Korea and continues to give extensive performances around the world, including Japan, France, Germany, Italy, England, Portugal, and the United States.
Jiwon Han has been recognized for his talents, winning many Korean national competitions and auditions including Dong-A Music Concours, Joongang Music Concours, Sungjung Cultural Foundation Competition and the Korean American Scholarship Foundation Music Competition. In addition, he was a recipient of major prizes from prestigious international competitions including ISANG YUN International Competition, Virginia Waring International Competition, Teresa Carreño International Competition, Weatherford International Piano Competition, and the Franz Liszt Center International Competition. He released two solo albums, ‘Debut’ and ‘Romanticism,’ and two collaborative albums, ‘Bach-Schubert’ live performance with violinist Zia Shin and ‘Works by German Composers’ with violinist Fangting Chen.
Dr. Han is establishing himself as a new musician by playing chamber music and performing as a collaborative pianist for many prominent musicians. Especially, He has performed for years exclusively with artists of ÓCREDIA, the leading artist management company in Korea, including violist Richard Yongjae O’neill, Tenor Ji-min Park, and Violinist Zia Shin who is the winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Tchaikovsky Competition, and the Long-Thibaud Competition. As an experienced orchestra pianist, he has performed in concerts in a wide range of genres including jazz, pop, and musical productions. At University of Cincinnati, he has taught and coached young string players at Starling Preparatory School. He enjoyed working with students and faculty members while working as an instructor of piano and graduate assistant at Michigan State University. In addition, he had shown his musical abilities by working for making television program for live performances broadcasting as a producer for years at Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). As a conductor, he has directed for Amabile Teachers’ Orchestra, GAHS Alumni Concert Orchestra and the GHM choir in Korea.
Dr. Han holds his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University, where he granted the Dissertation Completion Fellowship Award with his dissertation titled Performance Edition for Florence Price’s Piano Sonata. He received Artist Diploma from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he was a recipient of Art of the Piano Foundation Award Scholarship, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from Korea National University of Arts. His primary teachers include Deborah Moriarty, Awadagin Pratt, Dae-jin Kim, Oxana Yablonskaya, Choong-Mo Kang, and Young-Bang Cho. Currently, he is pursuing his second doctoral degree in collaborative piano under Dr. Zhi-hua Tang.