Chichester Cathedral Lunchtime Concerts series: Emily Han, piano

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Fantasie in C Major Op.17 by Robert Schumann (1810–1856) 

  1. Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen; Im Legenden-Ton  (Quite fantastic and passionately delivered; In the tone of a legend.)
  2. Mäßig. Durchaus energisch (Moderate. Quite energetic.)
  3. Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten. (Taken slowly. Keep quiet throughout.) 

Jeux d’eau by Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)

Born in 1995, Emily started to learn the piano at the age of five. At fourteen she left middle school and started to study professionally with the esteemed teacher Danwen Wei and his assistant Lei Wang, entering the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in 2009.

During this period Emily achieved outstanding results in The 16th Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open Competition, winning the Second Class Award in the Youth Class and the Fourth Prize Award in the Chopin Ballade or Scherzo Class. She also received the Third Prize in the Shenyang Conservatory of Music Competition in 2011 and 2013. Other highlights during this time period include attendance at the Italian Music Fest, Perugia, in 2010 and 2012, where she performed the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.1 with Sergei Babayan conducting.

In 2014, Emily received offers to study at the Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institution of Music, Mannes School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). She chose to embark on undergraduate study at the RNCM with Graham Scott – the Head of School of Keyboard Studies, receiving the prestigious Lord Rhodes Scholarship and FW Wright Piano Scholarship to support her study. In 2017, she got in to the final of Concerto Audition by playing Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.1. In 2018, she received scholarship and travel fund to join the 29th Semaine International de Piano et musique de chambre festival. In 2020 she graduated from RNCM with a master degree in music performance under scholarships. In 2022 she accepted the graduate music assistant role at Dorset House School. Recently she performed a lunch time concert in Christchurch, New Zealand.

She also had the opportunity to have masterclasses with Daumantas Kirilauskas, Sergejs Osokins, Marc Silverman, Michel Beroff, Pavlina Dokovska, Jerome Lowenthal, Jeffrey Cohen, Gwhyneth Chen Jorge Pepi-Alos, Josep Colom and Solomon Mikovwky.

Chichester Cathedral’s Lunchtime Concert series is self-supporting, and thrives through the generosity of its audiences. While there is no charge for admission, we suggest a minimum donation of £3 per person, with Gift Aid applied if possible.

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As well as its regular and special services, Chichester Cathedral runs a series of popular lunchtime concerts on Tuesdays.
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