Chi Ho Han
“Possessing technical ease and musical flair rare among pianists of his age” (Ta Kung Pao, Hong Kong, 2018)
German-based Korean concert pianist Chi-Ho Han made his critical impression as an equally keen interpreter on Classical and contemporary repertories across the continents in 2014, winning the ARD International Music Competition (Germany) with Audience Award and Best Performance on Commissioned Work, First Prize at Seoul International Music Competition (Korea), and Silver Medal at Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition (USA) within the year. Later a laureate at the 2016 Queen Elisabeth International Competition, his sensational rendition on orchestral commissioned work "A Butterfly's Dream" by Claude Ledoux received high acclaims and was chosen for the competition recording.
“...finally a standing ovation, with roar of uninterrupted applause, people in feet and screaming ‘Bravo’ towards the stage.” (Il Discorso, Italy 2017)
Han has performed with well receptions in major European and Asian cities, including Beijing, Brussels, Hong Kong, Leipzig, Munich, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, Vienna and Zurich, playing at major venues such as the Golden Hall of Musikverein in Vienna (Austria), Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing (China), Herkulessaal Prinzregententheater in Munich (Germany), Gewandhaus in Leipzig (Germany), Hong Kong City Hall (Hong Kong), Nikkei Hall in Tokyo (Japan), Seoul Arts Center (Korea), Victoria Concert Hall (Singapore) and Zurich Tonhalle (Switzerland). He has collaborated with Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,, Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra, Köln Sinfonietta, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Lviv National Philharmonic, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Marseille, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and Utah Symphony Orchestra (USA), among others.
“The 25 year-old Korean pianist blasted the overcrowded royal hall into acclamation…” (Schlosskonzerte, Germany 2017)
In the past seasons Han has performed at Seoul Arts Center Symphony Festival (Korea), Ditto Festival (Korea), Festival Internazionale di Musica da Camera di Cervo (Italy), International Klavier-Festival Ruhr (Germany), Kissinger Sommer International Music Festival (Germany), International Rheingau Music Festival (Germany), International Bodensee Music Festival (Switzerland), Lake Como Piano Festival (Italy), Musikdorf Ernen (Switzerland) and Deer Valley Music Festival (USA). His debut solo album "Chopin & Schumann: Piano Works" was released worldwide by Acousence Classics (2017), and he displayed collaborative sensitivity in cellist Mun Taeguk’s latest album “Songs of the Cello” by Warner Classics (2019).
“Pianist Chi Ho Han injects a sparky energy into the Beethoven [Cello] Sonata in A major, reminding us how quickly its broadly smiling A major theme darkens into a world of shadowy pain.” (BBC Magazine, UK 2019)
Highlights of season 2019 include Tchaikovsky’s First Concerto with renowned conductor Myung-whun Chung on tour in Korea, with KBS Symphony Orchestra; Mozart Concerto no.23 in A with Yuhki Kuramoto in December, interactive recital “The Pianist” at Lotte Concert Hall with seasoned DJ Kang Seok-woo and recital project "Les Preludes" in Tokyo, among others.
With his extraordinary intellectual depth, gift of tongue and strong sense of mission, Chi Ho has been working on audience-building programs in Seoul on weekly radio episodes for Korean Broadcasting System and other cultural projects. Alongside his tight schedule of recital and concerto appearances, he has also started in the recent years to explore innovative programs to be performed at both traditional and non-traditional venues. In year 2017-2018 he has been taking “Two Giants: Beethoven and Liszt Sonatas” to cities in Germany and Asia, and in May 2019 a tour “In Search of The Road to Concert Artist” for music students in central China. In the coming season he will be working on the latest project “Love. Poison: Ballet Without Dancers”.
Born in Seoul, Korea in 1992, Han obtained his Master degree (2017) and Soloklasse (2019) at the University for Music, Theater and Media in Hannover, Germany under Arie Vardi. He is also a young artist at the International Lake Como Piano Academy.
“His performance showed him both an accomplished technician, and a virtuoso pianist who masterfully combines emotive poetry with his musical prose.” (Switzerland, 2015)