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Born to diplomat parents, June Han lived in Belgium, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, The Netherlands, and France prior to her arrival in the United States in 1994. She has been hailed as a “true and tasteful harpist . . . [with] exceptionally varied phrasing and a surprising yet innate sense of timing”(Concert Review Magazine).
Dr. Han is a member of Sequitur Ensemble, Ensemble 21, and Manhattan Sinfonietta and has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Speculum Musicae, Music from Japan, the Group for Contemporary Music, Jupiter Chamber Players, and Bronx Art Ensemble. An active orchestral player, she has collaborated with Orchestre de Paris, Kirov Opera Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, and New York City Opera, to name a few, and frequently appears with the New York Philharmonic. Her summer music festivals as a student include Aspen and Tanglewood in the U.S. and Villecroze, Nice, and Gargilesse in France. In recent summers, she was a guest artist at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and OK Mozart Festival. She was a featured soloist with the Young Artists Orchestra in Aspen, Colonial Symphony Orchestra in Morristown, N.J., Durham-Oshawa Symphony Orchestra in Canada, and OK Mozart Festival.
Dr. Han has recorded for various labels and, as an avid proponent of the music of living and modern composers, has premiered works by numerous composers including Charles Wuorinen, Samuel Adler, Lei Liang, and her mother, Young-Ja Lee. In 2009, she and Bridget Kibbey gave the U.S. premiere performance of Stockhausen’s Freude, the second hour of Klang, for two harps at the Guggenheim Museum. The performance was reviewed as “mesmerizing” and “brilliantly executed.”
Dr. Han holds a Premier Prix for harp and chamber music from Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the M.M. and A.D. from the Yale School of Music, and a D.M.A. degree from The Juilliard School. She also currently serves on the faculties of Columbia University, Pre-College Division at The Juilliard School, and Bowdoin International Music Festival.