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한수진 Soojin Han

‘I have experienced Soojin to be a wonderful, sensitive young violinist of extraordinary subtlety, and great expressiveness. She has impressed me not only by her remarkable instrumental mastery, but also by her deep-rooted musical seriousness and integrity.’- Gidon Kremer

Born in Korea, Soojin moved to the UK with her parents when she was two.
She began the violin at the age of eight and entered the Yehudi Menuhin School before transferring to the Purcell School under Felix Andrievsky’s tutelage.

After graduating, she took lessons with Zakhar Bron and mentor Kyung-Wha Chung.

She studied at Oxford University and the Royal Academy of Music in London and is also an alumni of Kronberg Academy (Further Masters) where she worked with Ana Chumachenco.

Soojin has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the London Symphony, Poznan Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Korean Symphony, Zhejiang Symphony, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, L’Ensemble Ricercata de Paris, and has given concerts throughout the UK, Europe and the Far East in venues including nearly all of the major London concert halls, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Warsaw Radio Hall, Suntory Hall, Operacity and Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Tokyo, Osaka Symphony Hall, Hangzhou Grand Theatre and Sejong Arts Centre and Seoul Arts Centre.

Her performances have been broadcast live on Polish, Dutch, Korean and US Radio.

Soojin won 2nd prize as the youngest competitor and the youngest ever top prize winner at the Wieniawski International Violin Competition 2001 in Poznan, Poland where she was also awarded 7 other special prizes including the Critics and Journalists Prize and the Polish Radio Listener’s Award.

She also won first prize at the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition 2002 and the Bayreuth International Competition 2006.

Other awards include the Musicians Benevolent Fund’s Manoug Parikian Prize 2001, Royal Philharmonic Society’s Emily Anderson Award 2002, the LSO Scholarship Competition 2002, Martin Music Scholarships, Hattori Foundation Scholarships, an Allcard Award from the Worshipful Company of Musicians and a Countess of Munster award.

Her love of chamber music has taken her on several occasions to participate in Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove, Cornwall since 2003. She also performed various chamber works with Andras Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Frans Helmerson at ‘Chamber Music Connects the World’.

Soojin plays on a 1666 Antonio Stradivarius kindly provided by an anonymous benefactor.