South Korea born pianist, Jiwon Han raised in a family of musicians. At the age of ten, his debut performance drew attention when he appeared as a soloist with Korean Philharmonic Orchestra in 1997 performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K.488. In the same year, he gave his first solo recital at Incheon Culture and Arts Center, which followed by performances throughout Korea, Europe, and America. Dr. Han appeared in most of the major concert venues in Korea and continues to give extensive performances around the world, including Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Portugal, and the United States.
By being recognized for his talents he has won many prizes in Korea's major competitions and auditions including Dong-A Music Concours, Joongang Music Concours, Sungjung Cultural Foundation Competition and the Korean American Scholarship Foundation Music Competition. In addition, he was a recipient of major prizes from prestigious international competitions including ISANG YUN International Competition, Virginia Waring International Competition, Teresa Carreño International Competition, Weatherford International Piano Competition, and the Franz Liszt Center International Competition.
Dr. Han is establishing himself as a new musician by playing chamber music and performing as an accompanist for many famous performers. Especially, He has performed for years exclusively with Violinist Zia Shin who is the winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Tchaikovsky Competition, and the Long-Thibaud Competition. In addition, he had shown his musical abilities by working for making television program for live performances broadcasting as a producer for years at Korean Broadcasting System. As a conductor, he has directed for Amabile Teachers’ Orchestra, GAHS Alumni Concert Orchestra and the GHM choir in Korea.
Jiwon released two solo albums, ‘Debut’ and ‘Romanticism,’ and two collaborative albums, ‘Bach-Schubert’ live performance with violinist Zia Shin and ‘Works by German Composers’ with violinist Fangting Chen.
Dr. Han holds his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University, where he granted the Dissertation Completion Fellowship Award with his dissertation titled Performance Edition for Florence Price’s Piano Sonata. He received Artist Diploma from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he was a recipient of The Art of the Piano Foundation Award Scholarship, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from Korea National University of Arts. His primary teachers include Deborah Moriarty, Awadagin Pratt, Dae-jin Kim, Choong-Mo Kang, and Young-Bang Cho. Currently, he is pursuing his second doctoral degree in collaborative piano under Zhi-hua Tang.