June Han’s Studio2019-10-27T15:34:20-05:00

Welcome to June Han’s Studio

“I would like students to learn from me that work ethic is the most important [thing] … hand position and technique are only tools [for] becoming the best musician possible.”

—June Han

French technique and repertoire specialist June Han shares practice tips inspired by her mentor Marie-Claire Jamet. Han teaches at the Yale School of Music as well as at Juilliard’s prestigious pre-college program. Scroll down to read more about her.

June Han’s technique lessons

How to Warm Up

Learn how to warm up using musical context from pieces like Mozart's Concerto, Ravel's Introduction and Allegro, and Debussy's Danses.

Placing 8-note Arpeggios

Learn how to place 8-note arpeggios using Etude #20 from "Studi di Media Difficultá," by Ettore Pozzoli.

Playing Chords

Learn how to play chords, using the opening of Claude Debussy's Danse "Sacrée."


Learn June's technique for playing descending slides with the thumb.

Three Exercises for Position

Learn three exercises for position and strengthening. The concepts in this video are best approached with a stable hand position and ability to play fingers independently.

Two Exercises for Scales

Learn two exercises for strengthening scales. (To enjoy this video, you'll need to know how to play an eight-note scale with cross-under.)

June Han’s repertoire lessons

Chanson de Mai—Part 1

Listen to June's performance of "Chanson de Mai," plus her tutorial on the opening section and middle "agitato" section.

Esquisse—Part 1

Listen to June's performance and learn how to play the first half of "Esquisse," from Feuillet d'Album by Henriette Renié.

Esquisse—Part 2

Learn how to play the final section of "Esquisse," from Feuillets d'Album, by Henriette Renié.

Petite Valse—Part 1

Listen to June's performance, and advice for playing the opening melody of Alphonse Hasselmans' "Petite Valse."

Petite Valse—Part 2

Learn how to interpret the "meno mosso" and ending of Alphonse Hasselmans' "Petite Valse."

Serenade Melancolique—Part 1

Listen to June perform "Serenade Melancolique," from Feuilles d'Automne by Alphonse Hasselmans, and learn the opening melody.

About June Han

Born in Seoul, Korea, June Han’s influences span the globe. She worked closely with famed French pedagogue Marie-Claire Jamet at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, where she won first prize in harp. Han also counts Nancy Allen, who she studied with at Juilliard, as a prime motivational influence. Now a member of the faculty at Juilliard’s pre-college program, Han also teaches at Yale University, Columbia University, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.

June Han is a member of Sequitur Ensemble, Ensemble 21, and Manhattan Sinfonietta. She has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Speculum Musicae, Music from Japan, the Group for Contemporary Music, Jupiter Chamber Players, and Bronx Art Ensemble. An active orchestral player, she has collaborated with Orchestre de Paris, Kirov Opera Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, and New York City Opera, to name a few, and frequently appears with the New York Philharmonic. Her summer music festivals as a student include Aspen and Tanglewood in the U.S. and Villecroze, Nice, and Gargilesse in France. She has performed at festivals such as the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and OK Mozart Festival. Han has been a featured soloist with the Young Artists Orchestra in Aspen, Colonial Symphony Orchestra in Morristown, N.J., Durham-Oshawa Symphony Orchestra in Canada, and OK Mozart Festival.

Han has recorded for various labels and, as an avid proponent of the music of living and modern composers, has premiered works by numerous composers including Charles Wuorinen, Samuel Adler, Lei Liang, and her mother, Young-Ja Lee. In 2009, Han and Bridget Kibbey gave the U.S. premiere performance of Stockhausen’s Freude, the second hour of Klang, for two harps at the Guggenheim Museum. The performance was reviewed as “mesmerizing” and “brilliantly executed.”