Tong-Il Han has performed with many of the orchestras around the world, such as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Polish Radio National Orchestra, Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra, and London Mozart Players, among many others. The conductors with whom he has collaborated include Bernard Haitink, Herbert Blomstedt, Edo de Waart, Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Charles Dutoit, Lukas Foss, Eugene Jochum, Raymond Leppard, Robert Shaw, Stanislaw Skrowaczeski, and David Zinman.
Tong-Il Han's several records include Chopin's Twenty-Four Preludes, Four Ballades and Four Scherzos, eight Sonatas by Beethoven (including the last five), Sonatas by Schubert and Brahms, and a group of shorter piano works under the title "Music I Love To Play". He also recorded Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Brahms, and Schumann's Fantasy Pieces with cellist Leslie Parnas. The CD titled "The Kennedy White House Concert" (the live concert given at the White House) was released. In this concert recording Han performed Debussy's "Reflet dans l'eau" and Liszt's "Mephisto Waltz". His 50th anniversary CD recording of Brahms, Schumann, and Beethoven was recorded in Rome.
As Artistic Director of the Tong-Il Han Piano Institute, he held summer piano festivals in London, Budapest, Boston, Honolulu, Vancouver, Seoul, Pebble Beach, Hiroshima, and other places, often drawing more than hundred young students.
Tong-Il Han has taught at Indiana University, Illinois State University, University of North Texas, and Boston University. Upon returning to Korea, from 2005-2012, Tong-Il Han served as Dean of the College of Music at University of Ulsan, Korea and continued there as Chair Professor of Music. Guest Professor posts include Elisabeth University of Music, in Hiroshima, Japan, and Suncheon University in Korea.
Han has extended his musical creativity to Thailand as Artistic Director of the Chiang Mai Music Festival for several years, giving performance opportunities to many young pianists from Japan, Korea, and Thailand.
As adjudicator Han worked at Cleveland International Piano Competition, Isang Yun International Piano Competition, the China International Piano Competition, New York International Piano Competition, Seoul International Piano Competition, and Busoni International Piano Competition. In 2015, he will also judge at the Leeds International Piano Competition.
As a performing artist and teacher Tong-Il Han draws deeply on his Korean roots and Western musical heritage. For many years, his foremost commitment has been to engender the artistic and humanistic development of the next generation of young artists and teachers.
The government of Republic of Korea has conferred on him the Order of Moran (Peony), the highest civil service award.
Tong-Il Han is currently residing in Tucson, Arizona.
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