Karen Han, Erhu
& her love of music

Karen Han is a professional Er-Hu (a two-string classical Chinese music Instrument) Soloist Professional Vocalist & Chinese Music Composer. She is the youngest person who has acquired a Master & Bachelor degree in Performance Arts from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. To date, Karen has already accumulated more than 20 years professional experiences in television, film, and live performances.

About Karen Han

Karen Hua-Qi (Hwa-Chee) Han is an internationally renowned Er-Hu virtuoso, composer and vocalist. The Er-Hu is a classical Chinese instrument with two strings having all of the tonal qualities of the violin. She has performed for foreign dignitaries, and has played in many concerts throughout the world. Her recording accomplishments include Oscar winning movies, television, radio programs, and seven albums.

Karen is the youngest person to ever receive a Masters Degree in Performing Arts with Honors from China's best music academy, the "Central Conservatory of Music." The academy's awards include "Top Artist" and "First Class Er-Hu Soloist."

As a child in China, Karen naturally gravitated toward her father's instrument, the Er-Hu. Under his guidance, she grew proficient in music, dance and song. She started the Er-Hu at the age of six and in 1978, over a field of thousands of other applicants, she was selected for admittance to China's renown Central Conservatory of Music.

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Since graduation, Karen has frequently performed for visiting foreign dignitaries such as former President Jimmy Carter, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and world-renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti. In 1985, she was invited to join the Best Chinese Young Artists Group which toured more than 15 cities in the U.S. In 1991, Karen was invited to perform at the "Prague Spring Festival" in Czechoslovakia. Recently, she played for China's President Jiang Zemin.

Enamored with the West and encouraged by Hollywood contracts, Karen moved to Los Angeles in 1988. Since her arrival, Warner Brothers, Hollywood Pictures and HBO have all employed her talents.

Karen Han's Photo Gallery In 1997, she was honored to perform at the world renown Hollywood Bowl with accompaniment by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In a concert with the New West Symphony, she performed as a soloist, the "Gates of Gold," a world premier Er-Hu and orchestra concerto.

The composer Joseph Curiales quickly learned that composing for the Er-Hu solo was especially difficult. As originally written, the second movement was impossible to play and had to be transposed into another key. The challenge for the Er-Hu occurs in rapid passages with large tonal leaps. On a violin, a jump of an octave may entail shifting a finger only an inch or so, or to another of the four strings. However, with the Er-Hu's two free floating strings and longer neck, the player must reach perhaps six inches. It took an Er-Hu virtuoso of Karen's caliber to make it happen. She ranks as one of the best players in the world and a cultural treasure.

The Er-Hu (pronounced ARE-who) is a two stringed Chinese violin dating back well over a thousand years. The Er-Hu has a tiny hexagonal sound box covered with snake skin and a long slender neck. The horsehair of the bow runs under the strings, so the bow cannot be separated from the instrument. It is played vertically, like a cello, but perched on the player's left leg. In the West, we define progress as the replacement of tradition. In China, we view it differently in that "progress adds to tradition." Thus, this ancient instrument remains popular today.

We have all heard Karen's Er-Hu in movies like "The Joy Luck Club" and "The Last Emperor" as well as numerous television scores. "The Last Emperor" won an Oscar for Best Original Music. There, her playing of the musical score was remarkable, not only for its intricacy, but also for the emotion it conveyed. She brought forth from her diminutive instrument a song of poignancy and power.

Karen presently serves as the Music Director of the Hollywood Chinese Musicians Ensemble and despite her demanding recording and performance schedule she established the "Chinese Strings Instrument Institute" in Los Angeles. Karen currently has seven albums in circulation including four soundtrack recordings. Karen also teaches privately.

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About Erhu

Er-Hu: The Hu-Qin (Er-Hu) is a barbarian instrument said to have been brought into China at the time of Han Dynasty (140 B.C.) It is a two string bowed instrument with a tone similar to western viola, very soulful and expressive. It is widely used outside and inside the Great Wall, both the north and south banks of the Yangtze River and the Pearl River area. In the North, the Er-Hu designates the type used in Chinese orchestra and in solo, but in the South, it is called Nan-Hu.

In classical Chinese music the Hu-Qin is melodic, haunting, beautiful, exquisite, ever changing, and alive. The traditional style of playing is rich in ornamentation, giving the music a deep, three-dimensional quality. The basic method of playing the Er-Hu is the same, but its application and style differ according to each area.

Er-Hu, is the most popular and typical of the Hu-Qin family, is basically a mid-high-toned instrument whose mid-low tone sounds forceful and lavish. Mid tone goes gentle and touching, while high tone turns clear and bright. This flexible character makes it possible for Er-Hu to perform tunes of a variety of moods. It can be soft and flowing, and it can also be strong and staccato; it is highly versatile. It is the main melody-carrying instrument in the Chinese orchestra, capable of solo and the most important accompanying instrument in various folk stages.

The two strings of Er-Hu are fixed at quinta, usually d-a.

Click here to download and experience a sample of Karen Han's music - Full Moon And Blooming Flowers (in MP3 format, 3.32MB).

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Concert Highlights





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  • Saturday, February 4, 2012, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Lecture and solo performance
    Venue: The Bowers Museum
    Tickets for Member: $15; non-member: $20
    For detail info., please call Ms. Nancy at (714) 567-3679 or visit www.bowers.org
    Or click here to purchase tickets on line
  • Saturday, February 18, 2012, 7pm
    Solo appearance - 2012 Annual San Diego
    International Music & Arts Festival
    Venue: Poway Center for the Performing Arts
    15498 Espola Road, Poway, San Diego, California, USA


  • Friday, October 21, 2011, 10am
    Recording sessions for composers Tim Hosman
    for movie "Trade of Innocents" - releases on Feb.3, 2012
    Venue: Savant Productions, Inc. Burbank, USA
  • Saturday, May 21, 2011, 4:30pm
    Special guest solo for 5th Bill Israel memorial Musicale
    Benefiting the New West Symphony
    Venue: Ventura Farms in Hidden Valley, California, USA
    Contact : www.newwestsymphony.org or call: 805-499-5256
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 10am - 5pm
    Recording sessions for composers Hans Zimmer and John Powell
    for DreamWorks movie "Kung Fu Panda 2"
    Venue: Remote Control Productions, Santa Monica, USA
  • Saturday, February 19, 2011, 7:00pm
    Special guest solo for Conejo Chinese Cultural Association
    2011 Chinese New Year Concert
    Venue: Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, California
    Contact : www.ccca-tocs.org or call: 805-446-2175
    (Click here for newspaper clipping, Sing Tao Daily, February 24, 2011)
  • Saturday, January 8, 2011, 10am
    Recording session with composer Laura Karpman
    For DreamWorks video game - Kung Fu Panda
    Venue: Playa del Rey, California, USA


  • Friday, December 31, 2010, 10am
    Recording session with composer Laura Karpman
    For DreamWorks video game - Kung Fu Panda
    Venue: Playa del Rey, California, USA
  • Saturday, December 4, 2010, 10am
    Recording session with composer Laura Karpman
    For DreamWorks video game - Kung Fu Panda
    Venue: Playa del Rey, California, USA
  • Friday, June 4, 2010, 7pm
    Recording session with artist Josh Groban
    For Josh Groban’s upcoming album
    Venue: Shangri La Studio, Malibu, California, USA
  • Sunday, March 7, 2010, 6pm
    Hubby Paul Ottosson won 2 Oscars Awards
    Venue: Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, California, USA
  • Saturday, February 27, 2010
    Hubby Paul Ottosson won Cinema Audio Society Award
    Venue: The Millennium Biltmore Hotel
    Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Sunday, February 21, 2010, 6pm
    Hubby Paul Ottosson won BAFTA Award
    Venue: Royal Opera House, London, England, UK
  • Saturday, February 20, 2010, 7:00pm
    Special guest solo for Conejo Chinese Cultural Association
    2010 Chinese New Year Concert
    Venue: Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, California
    Contact : www.ccca-tocs.org or call: 805-446-2175


  • Wednesday, January 7, 2009, 7:00pm
    Recording session for composer, Mr. Jeff Danna's
    new film score "Formosa Betrayed"
    Venue: Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, California
  • Sunday, January 11, 2009, 7:00pm
    Solo appearance - 2009 Annual San Diego
    International Music & Arts Festival
    Venue: Poway Center for the Performing Arts
    15498 Espola Road, Poway, San Diego, California, USA
  • Friday, January 23, 2009, 8:00pm
    Saturday, January 24, 2009, 8:00pm
    Erhu solo with Amarillo Symphony
    Music Director and Conductor: Mr. Kimbo Ishii-Eto
    Venue: Amarillo, Texas
    Ticket Information: http://www.panhandletickets.com/
    or call: (806) 378-3096
  • Thursday, May 21, 2009, 7:00pm
    An Evening with Karen Han - Erhu Solo Concert
    Venue: The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA
    Ticket Information: http://www.huntington.org
    or call 626-405-2128
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 7:00pm
    Recording session for composer, Mr. Greg Edmonson
    Video game score "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves"
    Venue: The Village, West Los Angeles, California
  • Monday, June 22, 2009, 5:00pm
    Recording session for composer, Mr. Harald Kloser
    Film score "2012" - 2009
    Venue: Sony Studio, Culver City, California
  • Friday, July 17, 2009, 5:00pm
    Recording session for composer, Mr. A. R. Rahman
    Film score "Couples Retreat" - 2009
    Venue: Remote Control Production, Santa Monica, California
  • Friday, July 24, 2009, 5:00pm
    Recording session for composer, Mr. Christopher Beck
    Film score "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" - 20th Century Fox 2010
    Venue: Chris Beck' Studio, Santa Monica, California
  • Monday, August 17, 2009, 5:30pm
    Recording session for composer, Mr. Rolfe Kent
    Film score "Up In The Air" - 2009
    Venue: Sony Studio, Culver City, California
  • Friday, September 11, 2009, 10:00am
    Recording session for composer, Mr. John Hunter
    Film score "Tekken" - 2009
    Venue: Encino, California


  • Saturday, January 10, 2008, Noon
    Recording session for composer, Mr. Hans Zimmer's new film score "Kung Fu Panda"
    Venue: Remote Control Productions, Santa Monica, California

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2008, 7:30pm
    Solo appearance - Chinese Idol Concert 2008
    Venue: Kodak Theatre
    6801 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, California, USA
    Ticket information: Online: ticketmaster.com
    By phone: 213.480.3232
  • Saturday, January 19, 2008, 7:00pm
    Solo appearance - 2008 Twelfth Annual San Diego
    International Music & Arts Festival
    Venue: Poway Center for the Performing Arts
    15498 Espola Road, Poway, San Diego, California, USA
    Ticket information: 858-509-1514
  • Saturday, February 9, 2008, 5:00pm
    Recording session for composer Mr. Tan Dun's "We are Stand" - Theme song for the Olympic 2008's Opening event
    Venue: The Village Studio, Santa Monica, California

  • Saturday, February 16, 2008, 11:00am - 12:30pm
    Guest appearance for the 17th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration Parade
    Venue: Valley Blvd (from San Gabriel to Almansor) CA, USA
    Click here to view photos
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2008, Evening
    Recording session for composer, Mr. David Buckley film score on "The Forbidden Kingdom"
    Venue: Bel Air, California
  • Sunday, March 30, 2008, 4pm
    Recording session for composer, Mr. Mark Isham's TV Commercial OREO cookies - "Train"
    Venue: Capital Tower Recording Studios, Hollywood, California
  • Wednesday, April 2, 2008, Evening
    Recording session for composer, Mr.Marco Beltrami's new film score on "Hurt Locker"
    Venue: Malibu, California
  • Friday, June 13, 2008, Morning
    Recording session for composer, Mr. S. Peace Nistades' UN-ASEAN Organization Thailand on " We Will Rise As One" project
    Venue: Westwood, Los Angeles, California
    (Click here to listen, MP3 format, 8.96MB)
  • Friday, August 8, 2008, Evening
    Special Guest performance for Martell event
    Venue: Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Saturday, September 20, 2008, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Lecture and solo performance
    Venue: The Bowers Museum
    Ticket information: 714-567-3679 Ms. Linda Kahn
  • Saturday, September 27, 2008, 8:00pm
    Solo appearance -
    Venue: Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center
    Thousand Oaks, California, USA
  • Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 10am
    Recording session for composer, Michael Giacchino's Star Trek (2009)
    Venue: Sony Recording Stage, Los Angeles, California


  • Wednesday, December 5, 2007, 8:00 pm
    Special guest Solo performance for Bank of the West Event
    Venue: Globe Theatre
    Universal Studio, California
  • Friday, May 18, 2007, 8:14am
    Theodore P. H. Ottosson was born
    at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California
    Click here to view photos


  • Saturday, July 22, 2006, 4:00pm
    The wedding of Karen Han and Paul N. J. Ottosson
    at the legendary Hackeberga Castle in Sweden.
  • Friday, June 30, 2006, 8:00pm
    Special Guest soloist
    Missa Johnouchi -The World Heritage Torch-Run Concert 2006
    Venue: Palais Royal Hall, Le Grand Pacific Tokyo Meridien Tokyo, Japan
  • Friday, May 19, 2006, 8:00 pm
    Special Guest performance with Hiroshima Jazz Band
    Venue: Cerritos Center for the Performing of Arts Cerritos, California, USA
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 7:30pm
    SCL Seminar - Exotic Flavors Series featuring KAREN HAN & The ERHU
    Venue: American Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA 90027
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  • Saturday, February 4, 2006, 8:00 pm
    Chinese-American Rendezvous Featured guest soloist with Asia American Symphony
    Venue: Harlyne J Norris Pavilion Rolling Hills Estates, California, USA
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2006, 8:00 pm
    Special guest soloist at the "Don Felder and Friends - Rock Cerritos for Katrina"
    Venue: Cerritos Center for the Performing of Arts Cerritos, California, USA
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  • Sunday, January 29, 2006, 12:30pm
    Guest Appearance/Speaker for New West Symphony
    Thousand Oaks, California, USA
  • Thursday, January 19, 2006, 8:00 pm
    Guest appearance/solo for the Asian Excellence Award 2006
    Venue: The Wiltern LG Theatre Los Angeles, California, USA Learn More


  • Saturday, November 5, 2005, 7:45pm
    Music of the Orient - Karen Han and Friends in Concert
    Venue: The Harriet & Charles Luckman Arts Complex
    at Cal State Los Angeles
    5151 State University Drive
    Los Angeles CA 90032-8116, USA Learn More
  • Saturday, October 15, 2005, 8:00pm
    Karen Han Solo Concert II
    Venue: CAPA Concert Hall,Pittsburgh, USA
    Tickets: $50, $20, $15 (Students) Contact: 412-344-5628 Learn More
  • Sunday, October 9, 2005, 8:00pm
    Special Guest performance
    Venue: Thousand Oaks, USA
  • Saturday, June 18, 2005, 7:00 pm
    Guest Solo performance Concert with Southern California Youth Orchestra
    Venue: Concordia University Center, Irvine, USA
  • Sunday, June 26, 2005 6:00pm
    Guest performance for a variety concert
    Venue: Almansor Court, Alhambra, USA
  • Saturday, May 28, 2005, 8:00pm
    Guest Solo performance Concert with Spring Thunder Chinese Orchestra
    Venue: San Gabriel Civic Auditorium, San Gabriel, CA, USA
  • Friday, May 20, 2005, 8pm-9:30pm
    Saturday, May 21, 2005, 8pm-9:30pm
    Guest Solo performance Concert with the UCR Orchestra conducted by Ruth Charloff >>>
    Venue: University Theater, UC Riverside, CA, USA
  • March 29, 2005, 8:00pm
    Live Concert with Missa Johnouchi- "Asian Wind" Ensemble and the New York Pops Orchestra
    Carnegie Hall - Zankel Hall, New York, USA www.carnegiehall.org


  • Wednesday, November 17, 2004, 6:00pm
    Live performance with "The Passion of the Christ" Ensemble
    Venue: Hollywood, CA, USA
    Saturday, December 4, 2004, 7:00pm
    Special Guest performance for ITT - Industries Event
    Venue: Universal Sheraton, Universal City, CA, USA



Industrium Post-mortem: China - various artists (September 1997)

  • "Tai Chi" - 2007
  • "The Golden Butterfly" - Karen Han Solo Album 2
  • “The Passion of the Christ" Soundtracks - 2004
  • “Kuge-II" - Erhu/Pipa Concerto for Ms. Missa Johnochi new album recorded in Paris - 2003
  • "Karen Hwa-Chee Han" - Karen Han Solo Album 1 - 10/20/2002
  • "Spirit and Soul" - guest solo performer for Ms. June Kuramoto Jass music - 2002
  • "Bangkok Blue" Jazz/New Age 2002
  • "The Music of Life" Erhu Concerto 'Tea in Chinese Camp 2001 with London Symphony Orchestra - composed by Joseph Curiale
  • "The Caravan of the Lights" 2000
  • "Anna and the King" Soundtrack 1999
  • "Between Black & White" Special Guest for-Hiroshima Jazz Band 1999
  • "Kuan Yin" & "Celtic Zen" 1997
  • "Industrium Post Mortem: China" - The Deconstructed Sounds of Karen Han 1996
  • "New Songs for the New L.A." 1996
  • "Amazing Panda Adventure" -- Soundtrack 1996
  • "The Joy Luck Club" -- Soundtrack 1993
  • "Kung-Fu" Soundtrack -- Narada & Warner Brothers TV Network 1994
  • "Er-Hu Concerto - A Sentimental Rendering" Light Chinese music series 1 -- China Record Company, China 1992
  • "Last Emperor" -- Soundtrack 1987

To order Karen Han's latest CD, please mail order and check payment to:
Omega Entertainment Group
15332 Antioch St., Ste 333
Los Angeles, CA 90272
Tel: 626-991-4630
Cost: US$20 + US$3 (shipping) per CD

Audio Book
  • "Celestine Prophecy"
    Composed by Christopher Franke 1996



  • "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" - 20th Century Fox 2010
  • "Tekken" - 2010
  • "2012" - 2009
  • "Up In The Air" - 2009
  • "Couples Retreat" - 2009
  • "The Hurt Locker" - 2008-2009
  • Star Trek" (2009) - Paramount Studios
  • "Hurt Locker" - 2008
  • "The Forbidden Kingdom " - 2008
  • "Kung Fu Panda" - Dreamworks Animation Film - 2008 (click here for sample sound track, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJKheeDP2i4&feature=related)
  • "Henry Poole Is Here" - 2008
  • "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" Disney Film - 2007
  • "TMNT -Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Warner Bros. - 2007
  • Pursuit of Happyness ?Columbia Pictures 2006 (part of composition)
  • "Memoirs of a Geisha" - Sony Pictrues - 2006
  • "Monkey Tales " - For Hong Kong Museum - 2006
  • "Dead or Alive" - 2006
  • "The Passion of the Christ" - 2004
  • “Mulan 2" - Disney Carton Film 2004
  • "Reflection of China" - Disney movie for Disney World - Orlando Florida 2003
  • "The Sleeping Dictionary" -- Fine Line production 2002
  • "Judas and Jesus" -- Paramount Pictures
  • "We Were Soldiers" Paramount Pictures 2002
  • Art of Action/Documentary Film for Star Encore 2002
  • "Shanghai Ghetto" -- Documentary Film 2001
  • "Iron Monkey" -- Miramax Film 2001
  • "Panda Adventure"- IMAX Sony Pictures 2001
  • "Now Chinatown" 2000
  • "The Pavilion of Woman" 2000
  • "Anna and the King" 20th Century Fox 1999
  • "Americans Vacation" American Film Institute 1999
  • "The Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" 1998
  • "White Fox" -- American Film Institute 1997
  • "China Box" -- Hollywood pictures (vocal)1997
  • "Little Mermaid" -- HBO 1996
  • "Love in Ambush" -- French Movie 1996
  • "Jade" -- Warner Brothers 1995
  • "Amazing Panda Adventure" -- Warner Brothers (vocal & erhu) 1995
  • "Requiem" -- American Film Institute 1995
  • "The Joy Luck Club" -- Hollywood Pictures 1993
  • "Last Emperor" -- Oscar-winning music 1987
  • "Pavarotti in China" -- Documentary 1986

News Clippings


Radio Interviews
  • KAZN 1300/1600AM - 2005
  • Live Interviewed by K-Mozart 105.1FM - 2004
  • Live Interviewed by
    1600AM; 1480AM; 1370AM; 1430AM; KAZN 1300AM Los Angeles 1994-2003
  • Live interview by Voice of America Radio Station 95-96, 2003
  • "Sound of the Earth" -- Live Interview by KUSC 91.5FM L.A. 94-98

TV Movies / Commercials /
Video Games /

  • "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves" - Sony Game Station 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUkJh1lzfGY
  • "Train" - OREO cookies 2008
  • "Lair" - Sony Play Station 3 - 2007
  • Coca-Cola Museum - 2006
  • Mountain Dew - 2006
  • Commercial for United Airlines
    (click here to view the commercial, Quicktime file, 4.9MB)
  • "Journey to Atlantis" for 'SeaWorld - San Diego Ride' Road Show 2004
  • "The Medal of Honor - the Rising Sun"- 2004
  • "The Word of Honor" - TNT TV Movie 2003
  • "Veritas" -- ABC primetime show - 2003
  • "Touched by An Angel" (vocal) 1998
  • "Kung-Fu" -- Warner Brothers TV Network (vocal & erhu) 92-96
  • "BMW -750il" 1996
  • "Hercules" -- TV Series 1994

TV Interviews

  • Young Chinese Performers" - RTHK, August 13, 2006
  • "L.A. Living" - Live interview on Channel 18, 2005
  • "The 45th Annual LA County Holiday Celebration concert at the L.A. Music Center" - Live on KCET Channel 28, 2004
  • “The Eye of Christmas" - KABC Channel 13 -2003
  • “Christmas Eve Concert in Los Angeles?- Live performance at LA Music Center - 2003
  • "Tea Time" -- Interview by KSCI Channel 18, Los Angeles 93-2003
  • WECTV Net live interview 2001 - Coffee Break
  • "Good Day in LA" -- Live interview by Channel 11 - 1996
  • "Taste of Chinese Music" -- Interview by TVB the Jade Channel 1995
  • "Today Show" -- Live Interview by KNBC Channel 4, L.A. 1994
  • "Asian in USA" -- Interview by TVB Taiwan Station 1994
  • "Introduce Chinese Music" -- Channel 54, Los Angeles 1993

Other Credentials






  • Opera:
    "Red Azalea" World Premiere - 2003

  • Music Consultant/Guest Speaker:
    • Guest speaker for The Society of Composeres & Lyricists seminar - 2006 Learn More
    • Guest Speaker for Orange County High School of Arts 2003 & 2004
    • "Hong Kong Spectacular"
      - Special event for the Hong Kong handover -- Hong Kong Victoria Harbor 1997
    • Guest Speaker for Loyola Marymount University 97, 98 & 99
    • Guest Speaker for Sonora Arts School 2001
    • Guest Speaker for Pasadena City College, CA 2002

  • Special events as a Soloist for:
    • "New Waves of the Orient" - Karen Han with Friends - Solo Concert at Luckman Theater, Los Angeles
    • "Karen Han and Friends" Karen Han Solo Concert 2 in Pittsburgh - Sponsored by HarmoniZing!, Pittsburgh, PA
    • Chinese American Composers Festival
    • "Tales from the Cave" (Erhu/Banhu and Percussions Concerto - composed by Zhou Long; Conducted by Michael Hall)
    • "Karen Han and Friends" concert sponsored by East West Bank
    • "JT- California Dreams Band" concerts
    • "Karen Han in Concert" - Sponsored by Claremont College
    • "East Meets West" - Karen Han in Concert - Sponsored by Zen Center, Pittsburgh, PA
    • "Fits a King" - With Pasadena Pops Symphony
    • "Two Poems from T’ang (World Premiere orchestration for Erhu/Pipa/Cello/Violin and Orchestra)
    • Welcome concert for the Chinese President -- Mr. Jiang Zemin's US visit; British Prime Minister -- Margaret Thatcher; the U.S. president Jimmy Carter ; the World famous Vocalist, Tenor -- Pavarotti
    • Los Angeles Philharmonic Founder League and Music Fair
    • Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony Orchestra; New West Symphony; Carson Symphony; Sonora Columbia University Orchestra
    • "Crouch Tiger, Hidden Dragon" Er-Hu Concerto World Premiere with Pacific Symphony Orchestra (composed/conducted by Oscar Original Score Winner Tan Dun)
    • "Bravo, China!" Er-Hu Concerto with Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
    • "Music Around The World" Er-Hu Concerto with Carson-Dominguez Hills Symphony Orchestra
    • Music Discovery -- a Chinese music night with LA Philharmonic Founders
    • "Exotic Adventure - "Gates of Gold" Er-Hu Concerto World Premiere with New West Symphony
    • Guest Performer with " Hiroshima"; "Bonza" Jazz Concert at the LA Music Center and Japan American Theater; Cerritos Arts Performing Center.
    • Los Angeles Festival, Hong Kong Festival
    • National Anthem for NBA "Clipper" 's Basketball game
    • Los Angeles Mayor Campaign; Secretary of the State (California) Campaign ...

  • Concert Appears:
    Carnegie Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, Los Angeles Music Center; Starlite Bowl Burbank; Ohio Theatre; Japan American Theater; Hollywood Bowl; Pasadena Civic Auditorium; Universal City Walk; Cerritos Arts Performing Center; California Plaza; Huntington Beach Plaza; Carson Performing Art Center; Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center; Irvine Barclay Theater; Santa Monica Place; Century City Plaza; Japan American Theater; Luckman Theater; Greek Theater; Orange County Performing and Arts Center; Descanso Garden Barklay Theatre; Kodak Theatre ...etc.
  • Composers/Conductors Worked With:
    John Williams, Ruth Charloff, David Arkenstone, Richard Bellis, Chris Bleth, Gary Chang, Timo Chang, Billy Chen, Levi Chen, Bill Conti, Joe Curiale, Jaff Danna, John Debney, Tan Dun, Randy Edleman, Edwing, George Fenton, Christopher Franke, Michael Hall, Nick Glennie-Smith, James Horner, Joel Iwataki, Missa Johnouchi, William Kraft, Dan Kuromoto, Laura Lehn, Christopher Lennertz, Jackson Leung, Olivier Lliboutry, Zhou Long, Joel McNeely, John Nordstrom, Jay Oliver, Rachel Portman, Fei Qiao, Paul Rebjohns, Graeme Revell, William Ross, Stephen D. Rucker, Karl Soukup, Carl St. Clair, Frances Steiner, Ernest Trust, James Venable, Daniel Walker, David Wong, Nathan Wong, Racheal Worby, and ...

    Laura Karpman, David Benoit, Stanley Clarke, Chris Beck, Daisuke Soga, Kirk Johnson as well as So Cong.

    Additionally, Samuel Estes; John Trivers; and Elizabeth Myers. Lately, Steven James Taylor, Wojahn Bros, Klaus Badelt, and Wayne Jones.

    Lately, Boris Brott, Chi Hui Liang, Kimbo Issii-Eto, John Frizzell, Hans Zimmer, David Buckley, Mark Isham, and Marco Beltrami.

    Most recently, Michael Giacchino, Tim Simonec, Greg Edmonson, A. R. Rahman, Harald Kloser, Rolfe Kent, and John Hunter.

Contact Karen Han

  • By Email (sales@karenhan.com)
  • By Telephone/Facsimile: 1-323-822-7826

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Last updated: January 9, 2012

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