Biography

Dong-Wan Ha is a pianist from Seoul, South Korea. He began his piano studies at the age of seven, and studied for several years with Jung-Hyun Lee, winning several regional competitions. He continued studying piano with Mari Kwon at the Sunhwa Arts High School in Seoul and won many awards from the school including outstanding performance awards. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Seoul National University in 2011, having studied with Hyoung-Joon Chang. He came to Rochester to pursue a Master of Music degree in piano performance and literature at Eastman School of Music, studying with Barry Snyder and serving as a graduate accompanist of the school. He is now continuing the in-depth study of two majors related to keyboard—solo piano with Haesun Paik, and collaborative piano with Anita Pontremoli—at Cleveland Institute of Music as a candidate of artist diplomas since 2013.

He has won several national and international competitions. He has earned prizes in the Korean Piano Duo Competition and Joong-ang National Music Competition in his nation. His external awards include those from the Glasgow International Competition of Young Pianists in United Kingdom, and the Asia Chopin International Competition in Japan. He has appeared in several concerts including Sunhwa’s outstanding performers concert in 2005, Bucheon Young Artists Concert in 2006, Kumho Young Chamber Concert in 2009, Kumho Young Artists Concert in 2010, and The Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center in 2014. He has also performed piano concertos with Sunhwa Arts High School Orchestra in 2005, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea in 2010, and Eastman School Symphony Orchestra in 2011.