Han Cheol Kang

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Born in Hamyang, Korea, pianist Han Cheol Kang began playing the piano at the age of seven. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music Arts in Piano Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois under the instruction of Ian Hobson. Concurrently, he is also working on Artist Diploma in Harpsichord under the guidance of Charlotte Mattax Moersch. Mr. Kang received his Master of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Michigan where he studied with Logan Skelton, and received his B.M.A., Summa cum laude, in Piano Performance with Prof. Inil Kim at Pusan National University. In 2011 he was named New Rising Pianist of the Year in Busan, Korea.

Mr. Kang has garnered several awards in competitions, including: 2019 Busan Maru International Competition(Frist Place and Busan Mayor Award), 2016 Sinfonia Da Camera concerto competition(Winner), 2010 concerto competition at Pusan National University (Winner), 2011 concerto competition at Pusan National University (Winner), 2000 Busan High School of Arts Piano Competition (First Place), 2000 Music Education News Busan Piano Competition (First Place), and 26th Intl’l Youth Piano Competition (First Place). In 2010 he made his orchestral debut with the Pusan National University Symphony Orchestra in Busan, playing Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy in 2010, and performed Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 4 in 2011 with the Pusan National University Symphony Orchestra. Also, he played Rachmaninoff piano concerto No. 1 in 2016 with Sinfonia Da Camera Orchestra in Urbana, Illinois. Press from his performance in Urbana reported “…played with most admirable finesse. Kang rose to the challenges with fine bravura playing in a Lisztian manner. Appealingly reflective playing as well an evident mastery of the most difficult virtuoso passages.…..” by The News Gazette.

In addition to his competition success, Mr. Kang was also fully supported by Pusan National University during his undergraduate years. He was the recipient of the Patricia Joy Arden Scholarship while at the University of Michigan. He also received a three-year full scholarship and fellowships from the University of Illinois during his doctoral and Artist Diploma studies. He has performed at the Arcadia Music Festival in China and Australia, and the San Juan Piano Festival in Puerto Rico. As a chamber musician, he is also a member of Ensemble Nouvelle Vague. Apart from his performance endeavors, Mr. Kang worked at the University of Illinois as a teaching assistant and an accompanist.