Pianist JULIANA HAN is an active collaborator, chamber musician, and soloist, lauded not only for her thoughtful and inspired performances but also for her musical lectures, which have introduced classical works to diverse audiences. She has performed in New York's major venues, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall, as well as in other notable venues across North America and Asia. Her festival appearances include the Music Academy of the West, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival. She is co-founder and co-artistic director of the Piedmont Chamber Music Festival, an annual summer festival in the Bay Area featuring internationally-renowned performers. Previously Adjunct Faculty at the Juilliard School, where she received her doctorate, Dr. Han joined the faculty of Augustana College in 2018 as Assistant Professor of Piano. In addition to her doctorate from Juilliard, she also holds degrees in biochemistry and law, both from Harvard University, and has worked as a biotech specialist at L.E.K. Consulting and as a corporate attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.
...and a more personal biography.
Juliana Han met the piano by chance - her inner city public kindergarten happened to have an arts program with free Suzuki lessons. She won her first competition soon thereafter, and by age 17 she had garnered international honors and multiple concerto soloist appearances. However, hesitant to pursue a life of heartless competitions and solitary practice, she quit the piano and studied biochemistry and law at Harvard University. There, she discovered chamber music and its most ardent adherents. She was hooked for life. During subsequent careers in business consulting, health policy, government finance and corporate law, she sought a way to pursue her greatest passion - making music with other people. To do that, she took a leap of faith in 2012, quitting her job as a corporate attorney to attend the The Juilliard School. Emerging with a doctorate degree, she now teaches piano at Augustana College and curates projects with musicians around the world.