Why study the harpsichord? Most piano students studying a classical or conservatory approach work on pre-1750 music as part of their study. The majority of this repertoire was written, not for the piano, but for the harpsichord. This course offers students an opportunity to learn in a one-on-one setting where they are given hands-on experience with the piano's predecessor. In learning about the instrument's history, design and playing techniques, students can gain a further appreciation for this era of music.
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Han is a classical pianist, composer and arranger, and harpsichordist. His experience has included solo performances, national-level competition, original commissioned music, and accompaniment. He has also worked on numerous classical and jazz arrangements.
In 2018 he appeared as a soloist with the Symphony of the Kootenays in British Columbia, performing Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto. For Canada's 150th, Han was one of eight Alberta composers commissioned by ARMTA to write pieces based on Canadian folk songs, with the works published by Palliser. He participated in the CMC Stepping Stone Competition, the CMC Finals on both piano and harpsichord, and the RBC Concerto Competition with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. His piano repertoire includes major works from all eras, from Bach’s Goldberg Variations to Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 6. Han also keeps an active recording schedule, and his recent recordings have included Childhood Memories by Canadian composer D. Geoffrey Bell and The Seasons by Tchaikovsky.
Han has taught piano since 2004, and he has also adjudicated piano and composition/songwriting at Alberta music festivals. Outside of music Han’s interests lie in visual and media arts, including photography and videography. Han graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and a Bachelor of Arts in English and received Licentiate and Associate piano diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
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