A special protégé of the legendary Itzhak Perlman, the dynamic violin virtuoso Hahn-Bin embodies the renaissance of classical music, fusing his highly evocative repertoire with pop performance art in the “extraordinary, intelligent and beautiful performances” (The Washington Post) of his “inspired, innovative and bracing programs” (The New York Times).
Born in Seoul, Korea, Hahn-Bin began his violin studies at age five and won a top prize at the Korea Times Competition the same year. He made his first national television appearance at age eight in an hour-long documentary on Korea’s KBS network showcasing his talent in violin playing and in writing poems, plays, and original music. At age nine, Hahn-Bin was accepted at the renowned Korean National University of Arts’ Preliminary School. By age ten, Hahn-Bin had made his orchestral debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and performed in several major concert halls in Korea.
In 1999, Hahn-Bin moved to Los Angeles to study with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School and made his international debut at the 42nd Grammy Awards’ Salute to Classical Music honoring the legendary Isaac Stern. A series of engagements with U.S. orchestras soon followed, including the Pacific Symphony under music director Carl St.Clair and the San Diego Symphony conducted by Murry Sidlin. Hahn-Bin became the recipient of a $3.5 million dollar Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu from the Stradivari Society of Chicago in 2000.
He made his European debut at age sixteen performing the Sibelius violin concerto with Landesjugendorchester Rheinland-Pfalz conducted by Klaus Arp and recorded works by Arvo Pärt, Francis Poulenc, and Leoš Janáček for his debut album HAZE the same year, released by Universal Music Korea to critical acclaim in 2005. Hahn-Bin made his Paris debut at the Louvre in 2008, followed by his Australian debut with the Queensland Orchestra in Brisbane.
Hahn-Bin began his studies with Itzhak Perlman at the Perlman Music Program in 2002. He studied with both Perlman and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School. In January of 2009, Hahn-Bin won First Prize at the 2008-09 Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York.
Hahn-Bin received international media attention in August 2009 when he accidentally left his Pressenda violin, estimated to be worth $500,000, in a New York taxi cab, only to be returned to him through GPS technology 15 hours later.
Hahn-Bin is featured in the current issue of V Magazine – full article HERESHARE