Story by Zhi Fan
Photos by Alfonso Arnold
Mr. Han Jiang, composer and pianist, Bachelor of Arts of Central Conservatory of Music (CCoM), Master of Arts of University of British Columbia (UBC), Art Director of Vancouver Polaris Music Academy (PMA) and president of Pacific Rim International Music Festival Committee (PRM).
As a composer, Han Jiang is already starting the make ripples in the world. The world is beginning to understand his music, which covers a wide span of genres from soundtracks to serious music, from songs to symphonies.
If music in the 20th century inclined to follow rational rules, such as serialism, the music in the 21st century looks more at the integration of cultures and expression of emotion. Han Jiang’s works break the technical barriers of music schools in search for their commonalities in essence, thus interweaving them seamlessly. At the same time, he also endeavors to retain the features of his home culture in his works.
As a pianist, Piano is an indispensable part of the musician’s life. Having studied in different parts of the world, his piano performance features a combination of different schools. And he is especially adept at performing late Romantic music and Chinese piano pieces.
Touching the keys in delicate variations, Han Jiang plays with consistent timbre and each note meticulously studied. The pianist digs diligently the messages between the lines of the music scores and audaciously re-creates them to strike new resonance in the audience’s heart.
Han Jiang’s passion and rigor for music is also striking a positive chord with his students. He believes that every student is an unpolished gemstone. Thus he tries to uncover the potential of every child, and help them to find their own way of expressing music, pursue their dream and thrive as a musician.
In 2018, He organized the first Pacific Rim International Music Festival (PRM)along with other musicians, offering a platform for the young pianists from the pan-Pacific regions to showcase their talents. As Han Jiang said, “Music is an art that always needs a stage. And it is our common aspiration to provide a stage for the little dreamer and musicians.”
On March 10, 2019, the gala concert of Pacific Rim International Music Festival (PRM), one of the most brilliant in history was held in Chan Centre. Steinway & Sons CEO Ron Losby and special guest pianist Haochen Zhang joined the prize-winners in presenting a fantastic concert in Vancouver.