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Han Xu 許瀚 (b 1989, Beijing China) is a composer, performer and cross culture artist who has gained a great deal of inspiration from Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist Philosophy, both in his life and in his artistic creations.
Han Xu is currently a doctoral student at Cornell University. In 2008, he began studying music at the Communication University of China in Beijing and, in 2017, he finished a music masters degree in composition (graduating with distinction) from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) Manchester, UK, where he studied with Adam Gorb and Emily Howard. He also attended masterclasses of Colin Matthews, Chen Qigang, Louis Andriessen, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Brian Ferneyhough, Paul Patterson, Simon Bainbridge, Gary Carpenter, David Horne and Anders Hillborg.
Han has been supported by scholarships from RNCM School of Composition, RNCM School of Wind, Brass and Percussion, and was also the recipient of the British Composer Arnold Cooke Award and London Symphony Orchestra Bursary.
In the 2016-2017 season Han undertook fieldwork research on Buddhist culture in Tibet and Dunhuang city. His piece PARAMITA for Buddhist Choir and Symphony Orchestra was commissioned and broadcasted by the Buddha’s Light International Association TV station of Master Hsing Yun in 2016. Han’s Installation Art for Buddhist Sutra Chanting of Electrical Signal was commissioned by Peking University Resource Group Art Gallery for exhibition and his works have been performed by London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Manchester Camerata, RNCM Brand New Orchestra, RNCM Big Band and RNCM Wind Orchestra.