Conservatory Faculty

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Han Ding

BMus, BA, LRCM, ARCT

Han has been playing music for twenty years. He studied with pianists Vladimir Levtov and Peter Turner, and composer Allan Gordon Bell. He received a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Calgary, and also holds Licentiate and Associate piano diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Over thirteen years of teaching, Han’s students have enjoyed local and provincial recognition; he has also worked as an accompanist and adjudicator.

Han’s repertoire includes such major works as Bach's Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Op. 53 and 57 Sonatas, and Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 6 (Op. 82). His recent Time Travel recital surveyed keyboard music from medieval to modern times. He was a piano and harpsichord finalist of the Canadian Music Competition, and he participated as a pianist in the national CMC Stepping Stone competition. In 2012 performed in the RBC Concerto Competition with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. During his training he received guidance from concert artists Jean-Paul Sevilla, Nelita True, and Sara Davis Beuchner. As a composer, Han's output includes solo and ensemble works. His Ballad Concerto for Cello and Piano was heard at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto in 2014. In 2015 his Adagio/Allegro/Piano/Bassoon was performed at the Alberta Registered Music Teachers Association’s (ARMTA) Composer Showcase. For Canada's 150th, Han was one of eight composers commissioned by the ARMTA to write children’s pieces based on Canadian folk songs, with the resulting works published by Palliser. His etude for accordion, Burst, was heard in a concert at the University of Calgary in 2010. His solo piano works include Lullaby and Piano Sonata. Han wrote his earliest pieces at age nine. 

When not involved in music, Han is active as a visual artist, and has also put his skills in videography to use in shooting weddings and music. In his free time he enjoys writing short stories, watching movies and hockey, and taking photographs. Calgary has been his home since 1993.