One of the aspects that makes CMPI so special is the opportunity fellows get to perform and collaborate with world-class professional pianists. Student Navigator Becca Dora sat down with pianist Beilin Han to discuss her time with CMPI and why working with fellows is so important.
What is your musical background?
I started learning piano at age 2.5 at the Shanghai Conservatory. I then went on to earn my B.M. at the Nanyana Academy of Music in Singapore, my M.M. at the University of Kansas, and my Artist Diploma at Roosevelt University.
How did you get involved with CMPI?
Jennifer Woodrum recommended me!
What is your favorite thing about working with young musicians?
I really like working with young musicians because they tend to be fearless, constantly curious, and full of passion.
Why do you think (working with) CMPI is important?
I’ve worked with CMPI from the very beginning, and it is incredible to see the impact that this program has on students and their families. I’ve seen students and their families change for the better. CMPI gives them confidence to go out and pursue their dreams. I really want to be a part of this! CMPI is a special organization because everyone involved is so devoted and has tons of love for each and every one of the students.
What is one piece of advice you’d give young musicians who want to pursue a career in music?
Don’t give up so easily; it’s not an easy path. Believe in yourself. You are strong. Music won’t give up on you if you don’t give up on it. Don’t determine your life on one failure. If you fail, you are one step closer to success.
What advice would you give to someone that is rehearsing their piece with a pianist for the first time?
Always learn the piano part BEFORE rehearsing with a pianist. This shows respect for the pianist. Good musicians need to know ALL the music, not just their part. Study recordings on YouTube to get a sense of how your part fits in with the piano part. When submitting music for the piece you’re playing, be sure to submit the piano part along with your own part. Doing these preparatory steps makes your life and making music easier, especially since there is limited time to rehearse.
Why do you think music education is important?
Music education is important for making our world a better place, which is especially important with everything going on in the world currently. Music can heal our hearts.
What are your favorite hobbies/activities you like to do during your free time?
When do I have free time? I enjoy cuddling with my dog, Lucy. In summer I like hiking and I’m also learning golf.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I’m a big fan of Hello Kitty and Mickey Mouse! Someday I want to go to Disneyland, maybe the one in Shanghai?
Is there anything else you’d like our fellows and families to know?
Really appreciate the opportunity that CMPI is providing; being selected is an honor and should be appreciated.
Beilin Han, photo by Xiao Er Lang Studio