Praised for her eloquent and passionate performances, Korean-born violist/violinist Ye-jin Han made her New York recital debut in 2009 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Korea and has been prize winner at many competitions including the 1st prize at the Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation Young Musician Competition in New York, and the Special Prize at the Citta di Brescia International Violin Competition in Italy. From performing on period instruments with the Stony Brook Baroque Ensemble led by baroque specialist Arthur Haas, to collaborating with Eugene Drucker of the Emerson String Quartet in a viola string quintet concert at Staller Center, Stony Brook, to world premiere performances with the Contemporary Chamber Players, Ms. Han’s diversity and flexibility has been captivating audiences around the world.
Ms. Han began her studies in violin and piano at the age of seven, and attended the Yewon School, Seoul Arts High School, and Seoul National University in Korea. She won top honors from the Korea Times, Chosun National Daily, and the Youth Chamber Music competitions and appeared in concert at the Young San Arts Center, Kum Ho Arts Hall, and Seoul Arts Center. She also performed as soloist with the Modern Chamber Orchestra in Seoul, Casalmaggiore Chamber Orchestra in Italy, and Bergen Symphony Orchestra in New Jersey.
An avid and passionate chamber musician, Ms. Han has been a prize winner of the Lilian Fuchs Memorial Chamber Music Competition in New York, and has performed with many acclaimed ensembles including the members of Emerson String Quartet, and the New York Classical Players. She has collaborated with artists such as Lucie Robert, Soovin Kim, Vladimir Dyo, Gorjan Kosuta, and Arthur Haas, and has appeared at the Banff Centre, Tibor Varga, Mozarteum International Academy, Carl Flesch Akadimie, Fontainebleau Schools, and Casalmaggiore festivals. She has also appeared in masterclasses for world renowned artists including Aaron Rosand, Joel Smirnoff, Viktor Pikayzen, Igor Ozim and Igor Oistrakh.
A sought-after pedagogue, Ms. Han is an active and committed educator who has been invited to teach viola and violin at summer festivals including Seoul International Music Festival, Maeil Chamber Music Festival, and Harbor Front Chamber Music Festival. She has taught undergraduate violin and chamber music at Stony Brook University and has been on faculty at the North Shore Suzuki School, Music Academy of Long Island, and currently at the Long Island Conservatory of Music. Chamber groups she coached won New York International Music Competition two years in a row and she also holds a private studio, which has produced many competition winners and musical leaders at state/local youth orchestras.
Ye-jin Han holds a Master of Music and Professional Study degree from Manhattan School of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University. Her principal teachers include Larry Dutton of the Emerson String Quartet and Nicholas Cords, Soovin Kim, Phillip Setzer, Hagai Shaham, Lucie Robert, Chong-sook Lee, and Wharim Kim.