Namhee Han

 
 
 


Playing from the heart defines organist Namhee Han’s approach to music-making.  She gave the opening concert for the renowned Los Angeles Bach Festival in 2013 and has performed at the National and Regional Conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). Constantly expanding the repertoire of her artistic expressions, she has played with orchestras such the Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale (organ) and the GRAMMY award-winning Southwest Chamber Music (harpsichord and harmonium). 


A native of South Korea, Namhee studied the piano from age eight.  After earning a Bachelor of Arts in English education from Seoul National University, she came to the US to pursue graduate studies in linguistics.  It was then that she encountered the organ and became immediately fascinated with the limitless tonal and expressive possibilities of the instrument.  She began organ study with Thomas Harmon in 1999 and completed Master's and Doctoral degrees in organ performance at UCLA working with Christoph Bull.  In addition, she holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in applied linguistics from UCLA.  Dr. Han has coached with Marie-Claire Alain, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Jean Guillou and Guy Bovet, and participated in master classes by such eminent teacher-organists as David Craighead, Frederick Swann, Marilyn Keiser, Todd Wilson, Christopher Herrick, Paul Jacobs, Kimberly Marshall and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin. She has also studied with Philip Smith, the Organ Conservator at Walt Disney Concert Hall. 


The resident organist at Westwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, Dr. Han is keenly interested in contributing to the music community in Southern California and regularly collaborates with instrumentalists, orchestras and choral groups in local performances.  Her recent performance projects include playing solo and duo organ pieces for the DVD “The story of the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ” (http://disneyhallorgan.com/). Her piano and organ students have successfully got in prestigious music schools. She enjoys maintaining an intellectually stimulating and physically active life.

Concert Schedule


September 17, 2018 (Mon evening)

“Healey Willan’s Chorale preludes”

    St. John’s Lutheran Church

    1500 North C Street, Oxnard, CA

  1. -I am giving a workshop and performance of Willan’s music at the Ventura County Chapter of AGO event.


October 24, 2018 (Wed, 12:45 pm)

Organ Concert at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles

    555 W. Temple St.

    Los Angeles, CA 90012

http://www.olacathedral.org/


November 31, 2018 (Fri, 8:00 pm)

“Messiah Sing-Along Concert”

    Westwood Presbyterian Church

    10822 Wilshire Blvd. LA

  1. -My church chancel choir is presenting a sing-along Messiah concert with soloists accompanied by chamber orchestra and organ (conducted by Dan Redfeld)


December 2, 2018 (Sun, 7:00 pm)

LA Master Chorale Christmas Concert “English Cathedral Christmas”

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

http://lamasterchorale.org/english-cathedral-christmas

- I am honored to collaborate with LA Master Chorale again for their annual Christmas concert featuring glorious music from England.


December 8 & 9, 2018 (Sun, 10:00 am)

Musica Angelica: “A Baroque Christmas”

Long Beach Beverly O’Neill Theater (8, 7pm)

Zipper Hall, Colburn School, LA (9, 3pm)

https://www.musicaangelica.org/events/

- I am delighted to play the organ for Musica Angelica’s Christmas concert featuring Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, and Bach’s Cantata 51 featuring a soprano and trumpet (conducted by Martin Haselbock).


December 9, 2018 (Sun, 10:00 am)

Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols”

Westwood Presbyterian Church


January 12, 2019 (Sat, 8:00 pm)

Organ Concert at a Private Residence


January 27, 2019 (Sun, 4:00 pm)

Solo Organ Concert

    Ascension Lutheran Church

    1600 E. Hillcrest Dr.

    Thousand Oaks, CA


March 17, 2019 (Sun, 7:00 pm)

LA Master Chorale: Duruflé Requiem

Walt Disney Concert Hall


April 28, 2019 (Sun, 2:00 pm)

A Marathon of All French Organ Music”

    St. Cyril of Jerusalem

    15520 Ventura Blvd.

  1. -Several celebrated organists in town are presenting a free concert on a stunning pipe organ at a beautiful sanctuary with a fine acoustics.