Please join us for a special recital featuring pianist Han Wang, a student of Steinway Artist Dr. Steven Spooner, performing at Schmitt Music Kansas City on Saturday, March 3 at 3PM!
Dr. Steven Spooner is an American pianist, Steinway Artist, and piano professor in the Department of Music at the University of Kansas. A dedicated and caring teacher of students from around the world, Steven’s pupils have been named winners of multiple prizes at important international and national piano competitions and enjoy performing careers of their own.
Ms. Wang’s program at Schmitt Music will include Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, and Ravel. Seating is limited, so please let us know if you plan to attend. Call 913-663-4756 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
As an active classical pianist, Han has performed throughout the US, Europe and China. Her performance footprints include Pennsylvania International Music Festival, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, Musikschule Bayreuth (Germany),theater Vredenburg (Netherlands), Grottammare theatre (Italy) as well as 16 cities of China etc. She is in demand on the world’s stages as an outstanding pianist who has been invited to play at the American Liszt Festival in Los Angeles, made her debut at the Kennedy Center, and a series of performances at the Kauffman Centerand Lied Center. Han received high commentsand recognition from the media and music critics after her success in a series of competitions and concerts, such as Utrecht news, New York epoch times news, Washington Kennedy center news, Washington Chinese Daily News, Oriental Morning newspaper, China Xinhuanet and China Guiyang daily newspaper. Hong Kong “PTHK-4” broadcasting station had an interview with her and invited her to record Liszt program.
Han’s technical virtuosity, beautiful sound, rich emotional expression and magical imagination have brought her great assessments: Paul Badura-Skoda evaluates: “Han Wang really puts her ideas into her performance and she is quite a personality”. Arie Vardi comments: “Han Wang is a pianist who performs with true heart”. Leslie Howard said: “Ms. Han Wang performs with delicate skills and her fingers are full of intensive power”. Antonio Pompa-Baldi evaluates: “She is a virtuoso, both in the sense of technical, mechanical mastery, but especially in the sense of putting that mastery to the service of the music”. Alexander Shtarkman comments: “Han’s performance is very enthusiastic and glorious”, and Susan Starr said “Han is very talented and she is a mature pianist”.
Han has won prestigious prizes in both international and national piano competitions, including the 3rd prize of American Paderewski International Piano Competition;a special prize & scholarship of the 17th San Jose International Piano Competition; the 1st prize along with the special prize of the 30th Washington D.C International Young Artist Piano competition; the 1st prize of Gold Era Romantic Music International Piano competition; the 2nd prize of American International piano competition; a prize winner of the US Midwest International Piano Competition; the sole winner of the Netherland International Franz Liszt Competition Asia Pacific Division; the finalist prize of the “SEILER” International Piano Competition; the third prize of “STERNLEY” national Piano Competition; the fourth prize of “TOYAMA” Asian International Piano Competition; the third prize of “PARSON” National Piano Competition; the third prize of “Xing Hai” National Piano Competition.
Han Wang was born in an art family, her father is a composer and her mother is a dancer. She started learning piano at an age of three years old, and her first public performance was at age of five. Han attended Sichuan Conservatory of Music as the youngest talented student, later she has received herbachelor’s degree and master’s degree in piano performance from China Conservatory of Music. Han had won many awards when she studied there, including “Excellent New Student” fellowship, “Excellent Talent student” scholarship, “best Performance” scholarship, “Xiaowei Tan” fellowship and “Outstanding Student” scholarship. Han Wang has obtained Artist Diploma degree from School of Music at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has won “LANGFORDfellowship”. Han Wang also got great comments on harpsichord and organ performance. Besides, Han Wang also performed in a home of aged for elders during her leisure time.
Han is now pursuing a Doctoral of Music and Arts degree at University of Kansas, studying with Steinway Artist Steven Spooner.