Described by the Washington Post as “prodigiously gifted… a display of imagination, taste and pianistic firepower far beyond her years,” ANNA HAN is the first prize winner of the 2016 Juilliard Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and the 2012 New York International Piano Competition, and a 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She is currently a student of Robert McDonald at The Juilliard School, where she is a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship.
An active soloist and chamber musician, Anna has performed in such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Alice Tully Hall, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., The Kosciuszko Foundation, SubCulture New York, New World Center in Miami, the Lied Center of Kansas, Canisius College, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Brayton Hall in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Hall in Poland. She has soloed with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, the West Valley Symphony, the Kansas Sinfonietta, the MusicaNova Symphony Orchestra, the Downtown Sinfonietta (in White Plains, New York), the Verde Valley Sinfonietta, and the Chandler Symphony Orchestra.
Highlights of the 2017-2018 season include appearances at the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival, the Southeastern Piano Festival, and solo concerts at the National Arts Club, EuroPianos Naples, and Temple Emanu-El, among others. An avid chamber musician, her clarinet trio recently commissioned a piece by Tengku Irfan in the hopes of expanding the literature available for the instrumentation. Chamber projects for the season also include performances of John Corigliano's Chiaroscuro (1997) for two pianos tuned a quarter tone apart, Charles Wuorinen's Metagong (2008) for two pianos and two percussion, and Ludwig van Beethoven's Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69 on fortepiano. Her recording of Michael Brown's Suite for Piano, commissioned by the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation and previously debuted by her, was released by the Steinway and Sons label in February 2018.
Born in Mesa, Arizona, Anna began her musical journey at the East Valley Yamaha Music School at age four. She started taking private piano lessons at age five with Mr. Fei Xu at New Century Conservatory in Chandler, Arizona, and continued to study with him for over thirteen years. When she was eleven, she became the national first place winner of the 2007 Music Teachers National Association Junior Piano Competition. In the same year, she made her orchestra debut with the Chandler Symphony Orchestra, playing Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1. In the following years, she swept prizes at numerous international piano competitions, including the New Orleans International Piano Competition for Young Artists, the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition, the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, and the International Institute for Young Musicians (IIYM) International Piano Competition, where she was the only person in history to win first prize twice. In 2013, she was a National YoungArts Foundation Silver Award Winner. Her performances of Chopin earned her recognition as a scholarship recipient from the National Chopin Foundation of the U.S. and as a semi-finalist at the Ninth National Chopin Piano Competition. She has given solo performances for various concert series and festivals, including the Shandelee Music Festival, the Dave and Gunda Hiebert Concert Series at Theatre Lawrence, and the National Conference of Piano Pedagogy. Her performances have been featured on NPR, WQXR, WETA, and KBAQ.
Anna gratefully acknowledges the support of the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, the Kovner Foundation, and Arizona Musicfest.
Biography of Anna Han [pdf]