BIOGRAPHY

Conductor and pianist Hanjin Sa, was born in Seoul, Korea and emigrated to the United States in 2000. He received a Music Talent (Full) Scholarship to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from DePaul University (Chicago) studying under the tutelage of internationally acclaimed pianist, Eteri Andjaparidze. He was awarded the top prize in music competition by The Chinese Fine Arts Society and the Music Fellowship recipient for the International Summer Institute at Round Top, Texas.

In 2014, Sa pursued his master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh) where he was offered a Conducting Fellowship (Full Scholarship) to study with Professor Emeritus Robert Page and Ronald Zollman. During his time in Pittsburgh, Sa directed many interesting musical projects, most notably he conducted from the keyboard, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy Op. 80, followed by a full performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Subsequently, Sa received a graduate assistantship and full scholarship to study with Dr. Mitchell Arnold in West Virginia University. In 2015, he was chosen as one of three conductors to participate in CODA’s annual conference masterclass taught by renowned conductor David Effron. Additionally, Sa was an active participant in international conducting masterclasses by Michail Jurowski, Konrad von Abel (Celibidache School), Leonid Korchmar (Ilya Musin School), Robin O’Neill, and Dennis Burkh (private studies). Recently, Sa attained his Doctorate degree in Orchestral Conducting with his dissertation on Stravinsky’s Danse sacrale from Le Sacre du printemps (Click here to view dissertation abstract).

 

As a conductor, Sa has conducted orchestras such as the Württembergische Philharmonie in Germany, Bacau Philharmonic in Romania, South Bohemian Chamber Orchestra in Czech Republic, London’s RCM Orchestra, Korean Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic and the Congress Orchestra in St. Petersberg, Russia. 

Through his diverse experiences as a conductor, pianist and educator, Sa strongly believes in the importance of music education and has taught a variety of students from different musical backgrounds. He is committed to guiding students to grow deeper both as an individual and as a musician. His teaching philosophy is to integrate both technical and artistic aspects of music through aesthetic awareness.

Currently based in Manhattan, New York, Sa is equally active as a pianist. He recently performed at Steinway Hall, New York, and he performs regularly as a soloist, chamber musician, opera accompanist, musical theater accompanist and ballet pianist.

CONDUCTING

EXPERIENCE

New York Philharmonic (Conservatory Collaboration)

West Virginia University Symphony

Korean Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic

Pittsburgh Festival Opera

Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Orchestra,

Contemporary Ensemble and CMU Opera       

Fresno Youth Orchestra Summer Academy

2018 – Current

2014 – 2017

2015

2014      

2012 – 2014      

 

2013      

Other Orchestras Conducted 

St. Petersburg Congress Symphony (2010, Russia)

Royal College Chamber Orchestra in London (2010, Italy)

Bacau Philharmonic (2009, Romania)

Bard College Orchestra (2009, USA)

Württembergische Philharmonic (2008, Germany)

South Bohemian Chamber Orchestra (2008, Czech Republic)  

Conducting Fellow

Graduate Assistant Conductor

Music Director

Assistant Conductor

Assistant Conductor

 

Assistant Conductor

Assistant Conductor

 

 

Assistant Conductor

 

Assistant Conductor

 

Music Director/Conductor

OPERA

EXPERIENCE

Pittsburgh Festival Opera

Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos
 

Carnegie Mellon University Opera 

Britten: Albert Herring (conducted final performance)

 

Fresno Summer Opera

Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
 

Carnegie Mellon University

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro

2014

2013

2013

2012

Music Director

Rehearsal Pianist          ​

Ballet Pianist
Pianist
Church Music Director Accompanist
Staff Pianist
Staff Pianist
Church Pianist
Staff Pianist
Vocal Studio Pianist Masterclass Pianist

PIANIST

EXPERIENCE

Herbert Berghof Studio

Utopia Opera, NY       

Jacobs School of Music in Indiana University
University High School (Musicals and Choir)
First Baptist Church of Morgantown
Women’s and Men’s Choir in West Virginia University
Opera Theater in Pittsburgh 

Opera Summer in Fresno, CA (Scott Piper, Voice Director) 

Norwood Park Presbyterian Church of Chicago
Round Top, Texas 

De Paul University (Studio of Elsa Charleston)
Natalie Dessay, Denyce Graves, Kurt Streit, Susanne Mentzer

2018 – Current

2018 – 2019
2017 – 2018

2016 – 2017

2015 – 2017

2015 – 2017       

2014

2013

2006 – 2012

2006

2003 – 2006

2003 – 2006       

Teaching Experience

Conducting 

 

Piano

West Virginia University

 Carnegie Mellon University

Private Studio

Piano School of NYC

The École

De Paul Community Music School in Chicago

2014 – 2017

2013 – 2014

2005 – Current

2018 – Current

2018 – Current

2005 – 2012