Biography

Winner of the 2018 International German Piano Award in Frankfurt, and laureate of the 2016 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, Hans H. Suh has performed as a soloist in many of the world’s distinguished venues, such as Avery Fisher Hall (renamed David Geffen Hall) and Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Center, Hitachi Systems Hall Sendai, and the Concert Hall of Seoul Arts Center.

Hans is a top prizewinner at other international competitions: 2013 Sendai International Music Competition (2nd Prize and silver medal), 2016 Isang Yun International Music Competition (1st Prize and “Isang Yun Special Prize”), 2017 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition (2nd Prize), and 2017 International Beethoven Competition Vienna (4th Prize and “Dr. Dichler Prize”). In 2012, Hans went on a concert tour with the Yamaha Corporation in Japan. In the summer of 2013, he was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox MA, and in April 2014 he was invited to perform in a tour, both solo and concerto appearances, in Germany and Switzerland. Most recently, he was invited to perform a recital at the prestigious IKIF (International Keyboard Institute & Festival) in July 2018. He had performed with world’s major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, working with renowned conductors as such as Kurt Masur, Ken-David Masur, Michael Adelson, Myung-Whun Chung, and Pascal Verrot. Hans appeared in many solo piano concerts internationally in Korea, USA, Japan, Germany, and Italy. He had also participated in public masterclasses by prominent artists such as Murray Perahia, Garrick Ohlsson, Jeffrey Kahane, Daejin Kim, Peter Serkin, and Emanuel Ax.

Born in Seoul, Korea on May 22, 1990, Hans began playing piano at age four, and started composing at age five. At age seven, he won first prize in The Korea Times Music Competition, and also held his first piano solo recital. Subsequently, he performed a series of concerts and was featured on Korean national television numerous times. Hans moved to the United States at ten years old, and made his New York debut only one year later by winning the 2001 New York Philharmonic Young Artist Audition. He received his music education at the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division from 2001 to 2009, where he studied piano with Prof. Yuri Kim and Prof. Vladimir Feltsman with full scholarship. Afterwards, Hans attended Columbia University, studying ancient history as a distinguished John Jay Scholar, while studying piano with Prof. Matti Raekallio and Prof. Emanuel Ax through Columbia’s Juilliard Exchange Program. After finishing his Master’s degree at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, he is now pursuing Konzertexamen degree with Prof. Olivier Gardon.

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