Jenny Shin and Beilin Han, piano

October 14, 2020, 12:15 pm

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Live from the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center, flutist Jenny Shin and pianist Beilin Han present a program featuring works by Copland and Feld.


Biography Courtesy of IMF Chicago.

A native of San Diego, California, flutist Jenny Shin is a performer, educator, chamber ensemble coach and wind pedagogy instructor. She is an avid solo recitalist in Chicago. As an orchestral musician, she shared stages with prestigious ensembles such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera and the San Antonio Symphony.

She has garnered top performance prizes from numerous competitions, including National Crescendo Awards, Yamaha Young Performing Artist, Musical Merit of California, Illinois Flute Society, San Diego Flute Guild and the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition. She made her solo artist debut as the winner of Krannert Debut Artist Competition in 2016.

In addition to her performing, Ms. Shin is a passionate teacher. She serves on the flute faculty of DePaul University, a position she held since 2017. She has been on faculty with the Illinois Summer Youth Music Pre-College Flute Camp since 2014 and is on faculty for the DePaul Summer ChamberFest.

Ms. Shin is a frequent adjudicator and clinician. She has been on the adjudicating panel for the Chicago Flute Club, various Chicago area concerto competitions as well as the Music Teacher’s National Association. She serves as the international liaison for the National Flute Association and is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Ms. Shin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Masters of Music degree from Northwestern University and Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Beilin Han was born in Shanghai, China and began studying piano at the age of three. She attended the Shanghai Conservatory of Music for Primary and Middle School and also attended the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore on a full scholarship. Immediately after graduating from Academy in Singapore, Ms. Han was accepted into the University of Kansas for her Masters Degree, being the only full scholarship recipient at the time.

Beilin was invited to perform at the 7th Annual World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Las Vegas in 2002 and was honored as a Young Artist in 2003. In 2004, Ms. Han became a prize winner of the Vianna Da Motta International Piano Competition in Portugal. She toured internationally as a concert pianist performing throughout China, Portugal, Spain, and the US. She also appeared on radio programs in Singapore and the U.S., as well as a television program in China.

In 2008, Ms. Han graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where she earned her Artistic Diploma with Solomon Mikowsky and Meng-Chieh Liu.

In addition to Ms. Han’s successful solo career, she enjoys chamber music and collaborating with such artists as pianist Alberto Portugheis, world-renowned countertenor Paul Esswood, world-famous violinists Shmuel Ashkenasi, Yossif Ivanov, Ilya kaler, Kyoko Takezawa and Elmar Oliveira among others. She has also played for world-famous conductors such as Riccardo Muti and Christoph Eschenbach.

Currently, Ms. Han is a collaborative pianist at both Northwestern University and DePaul School of Music, Chicago Stradivari Society and joined the collaborative piano faculty at the Heifetz International Music Institute since 2011 and Cremona International music festival in 2015.


Duo for Flute and Piano, by Aaron Copland
Poetic, somewhat mournful

Sonata for Flute and Piano, by Jindrich Feld
Allegro giocoso
Allegro vivace