Gukhui Han’s career as a performer, collaborative pianist, and vocal coach has taken her across the globe, including premieres in Los Angeles and piano, art song, and opera festivals in Europe, Asia, and North America. Dr. Han has attended such prestigious summer festivals as the Fall Island Vocal Art Seminar (Potsdam, New York, 2017), Miami Music Festival (Miami, Florida, 2017) Professional Pianist Program at Songfest, Colburn School of Music (Los Angeles, California, 2013), Franz-Schubert Institut (Baden bei Wien, Austria, 2012), and the Aspen Music Festival (Aspen, Colorado, 2008). During these years, she worked alongside such luminaries as Elly Ameling, Roger Vignoles, Martin Katz, Jake Heggie, Graham Johnson, Helmut Deutsch, and Julius Drake. As an active vocal coach, she enjoys learning languages; in 2014, she completed the French immersion program, L’Ècole Français, at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont.
Dr. Han has had extensive experiences as a collaborative pianist. In 2013, she was one of only two pianists in America invited to perform in the final round of the prestigious Wigmore Hall Song Competition, London, England. Since 2014, she has served as staff pianist at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music (BCCM) at California State University, Long Beach where she works with ensembles such as the BCCM Opera Institute, BCCM Chamber Choir, BCCM University Choir, and coaches singers and instrumentalists. During her doctoral studies, Han accompanied the University of Southern California (USC) Thornton Chamber Singers, the USC Apollo Men’s Chorus, and the USC Wind Ensemble, and served as the music director for Le Portrait de Manon.
Gukhui received her BM in Piano Performance from Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea, her MM in Collaborative Piano from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and a DMA in Keyboard Collaborative Arts from USC Thornton School of Music. She has received scholarships to the Aspen Music Festival, the University of Cincinnati, Songfest, and was awarded USC’s Koldofsky Fellowship (2010-2014). Dr. Han was also elected to Pi Kappa Lambda, a music honor society. She has studied under teachers including Alan L. Smith, Kenneth Griffiths and Lydia Eunsuk Yu.