Borah Han, a Korean-American pianist and and a founding teacher of Brooklyn Piano Lab, has performed in recitals and masterclasses in Italy, Spain, Korea, and the United States at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Symphony Space, National Sawdust, Wharton Center, and Skirball Center. In 2009, she appeared as a soloist with Michigan State University Philharmonic Orchestra.
As an active performer of new music, she collaborates with composers in the Tri-State area, highlights including features in New Amsterdam Records, NY Times, and WNYC New Sounds Live. Her past projects include performing in Dynamic New Music Festival, NYU Percussion Studio (music of Steve Reich, George Antheil, John Psathas), World Youth Wind Symphony with Epoch Percussion Quartet, and Red Cedar Trio (clarinet, violin, and piano).
As an orchestral keyboardist, her experience ranges from playing classical music and operas to contemporary musicals and movie soundtracks. As a collaborative pianist, she received masterclasses and coaching from Shanghai Quartet, Paul Roczek, Fora Baltacigil, and Håkan Hagegård among others.
In addition to performing, she served as an Adjunct Faculty at New York University to teach group keyboard classes and private piano lessons. Among many freelance projects, she also served as a staff pianist at Interlochen Arts Camp and at NYU (conducting, violin, cello, double bass, and brass classes). She received a Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance with honors from MSU and a Master's degree in Collaborative Piano with honors from NYU where she privately studied with Anne-Marie McDermott, Grant Wenaus, and Jose Ramon Mendez.
Having studied under renown pianists and passionate pedagogues for over two decades combined with years of collaborative experience, Ms. Han takes pride in passing on her knowledge with care and dedication, catering to the individual learning needs as she sees fit. She guides her students to think beyond individual notes and see the patterns and arc of the music in whole with emphasis on focus and mindfulness. She often tells her students there's no need to practice for an hour if they can figure out how to accomplish the same amount of work in ten minutes. She enjoys aiding the pupils to realize their expressive talent and abilities through the instrument.
Ms. Han currently resides in Brooklyn teaching and collaborating with instrumentalists, vocalists (NYU Steinhardt and Tisch schools and Brooklyn Youth Chorus), dancers, and composers. She is currently a pianist in Echo Chamber, a contemporary music septet who commissions and performs works with an eye towards cross-media collaborations.