Joseph Kyungjin Han is an active performer and has a well-established international career. His professional engagements have reached audiences throughout the United States, Italy, France, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea. He made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall with the Philharmonia Boston Orchestra String Players and made an appearance at Lincoln Center.
He recently made his debut in Mexico as the title role of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia (ISOFOM) and Michocán Symphony Orchestra. He also performed with the Riverside Choral Society under the baton of Patrick Gardner. During the summer of 2018, he joined Teatro Nuovo as an apprentice artist, performing the role of the Count in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro under the direction of Will Crutchfield. He has held professional fellowships with SongFest, Académie d'Eté de Nice, Russian Opera Workshop at AVA, Baroque Opera Workshop, and Ezio Pinza Council for American Singers of Opera (EPCASO). He has performed with numerous opera companies and programs including Teatro Nuovo, ISOFOM, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Stony Brook Opera Theatre, Russian Opera Workshop at AVA, New York Lyric Opera, ConcertOPERA Philadelphia, Undercroft Opera, and Carnegie Mellon Opera.
Joseph Han has appeared on concert stages worldwide, including the Nice Acropolis in France, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Heinz Hall, Zipper Hall, Academy of Vocal Arts, Opera America, and Brookhaven National Laboratory.
He has performed as a concert soloist with Riverside Choral Society, Long Island Symphonic Choral Association, Bergen Oratorio Society, Philadelphia Master Chorale, and the Stony Brook Chorale.
His recent engagements in concert and opera include Bernstein’s SongFest, in collaboration with pianists, Dmitri Dover and Javier Arrebola, among others, under the baton of Michael Berrett; a Bach Sacred Cantata Concert with the conductor John Harbison; and performances of German lieder at SongFest.
Performances in previous seasons included the title role in Gluck’s Le cadi dupé with the New York Lyric Opera, and the title role in Eugene Onegin with Russian Opera workshop at AVA. He has also performed as Marcello in Puccini’s La bohème, as Enrico in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at Stony Brook Opera Theatre, as Valentin in Gounod’s Faust with ConcertOPERA Philadelphia, as Top in Copland’s The Tender Land at Carnegie Mellon University, and as the title role in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and as Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, both with the Undercroft Opera. Additionally, he has given various recitals with pianists Richard Fu, Shir Semmel, Daniel Ragone, and Raymond Blackwell.
He is also passionate about singing contemporary music by living composers. He performed Perry Goldstein’s Late Night Thoughts from the V.A. at the New Music and Culture Symposium at SUNY Albany, and a piece based on award-winning author Ben Loory’s short-story The DUCK, composed by Nathan Hudson, at Stonybrook University.
Mr. Han has been awarded numerous prizes, including first prizes in the Manhattan International Music Competition and in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, and second prize in the East Coast International Competition. He holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Seoul National University and a master’s degree in opera performance from Carnegie Mellon University. At CMU, he created and led a student-run opera production “Le Nozze di Figaro”. He holds a doctoral degree in vocal performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he received a full scholarship and studied under the tutelage of Randall Scarlata and Timothy Long. Over the course of his extensive training, he has studied with numerous other luminaries, including Will Crutchfield, Maria Spacagna, Douglas Ahlstedt, and Sungkil Kim.
Mr. Han is a dedicated and gifted teacher. He is very interested in the history and traditions of singing, and during his doctoral studies he presented a lecture recital tying current pedagogical trends with the seminal teachings of Manuel García. Previously, he served as an adjunct professor at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and also taught undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon University and SUNY Stony Brook. He received certificates in choral conducting and vocal pedagogy at Westminster Choir College. He currently serves as a Choral Director and Vocal Area Coordinator at SUNY Schenectady College in NY.