Chi Ho Han, born in Seoul in 1992, gave his first public concert at the age of eleven. When he was sixteen he moved to Germany, where he studied in the class of Arnulf von Arnim at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. Since 2012 he has been a pupil of Arie Vardi at Hannover Musikhochschule. Chi Ho Han is the laureate of several important competitions: in 2009, the young Korean pianist won 3rd Prize at the Vienna Beethoven Competition, then 2nd Prizes at the Dortmund International Schubert Competition in 2011 and at the Beethoven Competition in Bonn respectively, and 1st Prize and the Audience Prize at the KlavierOlymp Piano Competition in Bad Kissingen in 2013. At the renowned ARD International Music Competition in 2014, the First Prize in the piano category was left vacant, but Chi Ho Han won the 2nd Prize along with the Audience Prize. Chi Ho Han has already made guest appearances at a number of music festivals and renowned international concert venues: in Seoul, Beijing, Dublin, Zurich and Vienna, for instance. In fact, he has once previously performed at the Ruhr Piano Festival – in 2011, as one of the young student talents selected to participate in our ExtraSchicht piano marathon.