Yoonie Han – Hailed by the Cincinnati Enquirer for her “poetic phrasing and heavenly singing Melodies,” South Korean Yoonjung Han is a rising star in the international piano world. Gold medalist at the 2011 Washington International Piano Competition, Fulbright Competition, 2008 World Piano Competition, her first gold medal was awarded at age 9, at the Samick Piano Competition in South Korea. Han won all first prizes at the Gina Bachauer at Juiliard, Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, Nena Wideman Piano Competition, and Korea National Music Competition. She also garnered top prizes at the Helsinki Maj Lind International Piano Competition, Concorso Pianistico Internaziole Ettore Pozzoli, and Valencia/Paterna International Piano Competition. Yoonie was named the “Most Promising Young Artist” by the Korean Ministry of Culture, won the 2010 Keyboard Trust Award from England, and 2009 Gawon Music Award as the “most brilliant young pianist of any nationality who possesses the most promising potential for global prominence.” Yoonie’s stellar performances have been heard in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Peter J. Sharp (Juilliard) Theater, San Rocco Theater in Italy, Finlandia Hall in Finland, Se-jong Performing Arts Center in Korea, and Villa Bertramka Mozart Museum in the Czech Republic. In 2011-12, Yoonie will make her European debuts with the Berliner Symphoniker, at ther Bergamo Festival in Italy, Steinway Hall in London, Hamburg and Munich, Salle Cortot in Paris, and USA appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Merkin Hall, Tanglewood Festival, and the Thailand C-clef Festival. Yoonie Han made her solo debut at age 13, performing the Beethoven 3rd Piano Concerto with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Banff Festival Orchestra, I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milan, under such maestros as Joann Falletta, Leif Segerstam, and Lior Shambadal. Ms. Han’s recordings are heard frequently on WQXR New York and on National Public Radio’s “Artist Showcases” . Yoonie received her Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music studying with Eleanor Sokoloff, Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School as a pupil of Robert McDonald. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts at Stony Brook SUNY, and the Artist Diploma at the Université de Montreal.