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Cellist Jaemin Han Signs with KD Schmid for General Management

The South Korean cellist rose to recognition after becoming the youngest ever winner at the George Enescu International Competition

Jaemin Han

At KD SCHMID's roster, 16-year-old South Korean cellist Jaemin Han joins cellists Tanja Tetzlaff, Daniel Müller-Schott,Yo-Yo Ma, and Harriet Krijgh.

“Jaemin Han’s staggering talent first became clear to us when listening to his interpretation of Shostakovich’s first cello concerto; his innate musicality and assured stage presence are remarkable, and all the more so for one so young," said Managing Director Karen McDonald. "Later meeting him in person, we were struck by his engaging personality, and his gentle yet charismatic nature. He has enormous artistic potential, and we are absolutely delighted to welcome him to KD SCHMID!”

Jaemin Han started playing the cello at the age of five and made his debut three years later in his hometown with the Wonju City Symphony Orchestra. A former student of Myung-Wha Chung, he is currently studying with Kangho Lee and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi at the Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts.

After winning the George Enescu International Competition in 2021, he won the third prize at the Geneva International Music Competition in the same year. He recently embarked on his first recital tour of Korea this year, which culminated in a performance at Seoul Arts Center.

Additional accolades include performing at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and winning first prizes at the Osaka International Music Competition 2015, International Cello Competition ‘David Popper’ for Young Cellists 2017, and International Dotzauer Competition for Young Cellists 2019.

He begins the 2022/23 season with a performance of Beethoven’s concerto for violin, cello, and piano with the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Peter Ruzicka in Bucharest on September 4, 2022.

Further highlights for the upcoming season include a tour of Korea with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg under the baton of Gustavo Gimeno, his New Zealand debut with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Shi-yeon Sung, and a recital at the Tongyeong International Music Festival.


january, 2023


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