Jinhee Han, Composer
Award-winning musician, Jinhee Han, started playing the piano at age 4 and composing in her late teens. Han’s promising musical gift earned her fulltime scholarships for both her bachelor and masters degrees in music composition and graduated with Cum Laude at HanYang University in Seoul, Korea. After, She earned Professional Study Diploma in Music Composition with Robert Cuckson as a scholarship recipient from The New School, Mannes College, May 2015.
Throughout her career, Han has had several original concert works premiere including orchestra pieces in her hometown of Seoul, Korea; Israel; Ukraine; United Kingdom; Canada; Italy; Texas; Connecticut; Los Angeles; New Jersey;and New York.
Recently, Han’s score of “Ya-Li Ya-Li Ya-la Shung” for soprano and flute was published by Diaphonia Edition in Italy. “Yaygara” for solo trumpet was released on CD for AS I AM by trumpeter Kate Amrine. Recently, Han was chosen to be a guest artist at Nief-Norf Summer Festival 2018. Han’s selected works have been performed at several other festivals and workshops such as Colourscape Festival, Space City New Music Festival, Vox Faminae 3rd Edition, Musica per Archi, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and Emerging Composers’ Workshop by Groundswell.
Since 2015, Han has served as Founder/Director for the Asian Women Composers Association in New York City, where she collaborates with a variety of talented musicians from various countries in ensembles such as Lilac94, The Half Moon Project, Concrete Timbre, and Cobalt. She is also a member of the New York Composers Circle.
Any information about your heritage or identity if you’d like to share: Korean rooted
Why you’re excited to participate in “Habitat: Home – NYC”: This is my first time to collaborate with a large group of artists in NYC, and this is very important for me to meet with diverse people to stretch myself in a good way. I love to see how we are going to build this project together.
Your “Habitat: Home – NYC” partners: Melisa Tien, Writer & Meredith Entrop, Landscape Architect
What you’re currently exploring for your “Habitat: Home – NYC” piece: Our group decided to go with climate change. This will be very interesting to create a performance with text/lyric and installation art by Meredith.
What motivates you to make this piece: I am excited to use poetry/text in my piece, since I didn’t have many chances before. Also, working on a new topic always gives me inspiration. Especially working with a living writer — the most exciting process for me with sharing a common mindset.
Something you’ve learned through participating in this project so far: I’ve been learning to understand different personalities and artistic characters. Also, when I collaborate on a project with someone, I always learn among the people in the diverse setting, and grow culturally and socially.
Other projects/performances you’re currently involved in: One concert in the UK just finished on June 1st at Colourscape Festival, and another performance of my flute and harp piece will be presented on June, 19 in Pristina, Kosova.
On August 8th, my saxophone quartet piece, “Insula Dulcamara,” will have its second performance in NYC. Also, I will join as a composer for a show about Benjamin Franklin at Brooklyn Old Stone House on August 24th.