Elsie Han


Elizabeth Han is a violist/composer from Highland Park, Illinois currently pursuing a MM in Contemporary Classical Music Performance under Lila Brown at the Boston Conservatory. She received her undergraduate degrees at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign studying under Elizabeth Freivogel of the Jupiter String Quartet. Ms. Han is an avid performer of new music and collaborates regularly with living composers. In the past, she has worked with composers such as Dmitri Tymoczko, Lisa Coons, Renee Baker, Stephen Andrew Taylor, Pamela Z, and Huang Ruo. Currently, she is half of a saxophone-viola duo named RE:. RE: is dedicated to expanding the repertory of improvisatory works through collaboration with young emerging composers. She is also a founding member of the New Music Collage, an organization dedicated to supporting the creation and performance of new music as well as promoting underrepresented emerging artists (both in identity and access).

Languages Spoken – English, Spanish, Korean

Birthday – May 6

Instruments You Teach – Viola and violin

Favorite music to listen to – 80’s/90’s rock

Other hobbies/interests – I love knitting and making little sweaters and hats for my cat, Cheddar Jack

Something most people don’t know about me – I didn’t start taking private lessons for viola until I was 17 years old. It taught me that there isn’t a “right” time to start lessons (but playing catch up is not the most fun thing)

Where I grew up – Needham, MA

Favorite Music to Perform – Anything I’ve had a chance to workshop with the composer

Practice tips –  Practicing should be a creative process so make it fun for YOU!