Sudden death of international pianist, 63

Sudden death of international pianist, 63


norman lebrecht

April 10, 2021

The Chinese-American pianist Derek Han, artistic director of the Trieste Concerts Society in Italy, has died in Florida.

We have no further details at present.

A Juilliard graduate, he was also an international financier.

UPDATE: The cause of death was Covid-19.


  • Herbie G says:

    Sad news. He featured in the Brilliant Classics complete Mozart box set – including as soloist in the piano concertos. A fine artist.

  • Edgar Self says:

    Doleful news for Derek Han’s many admirers and friends. Condolences to his family and loved ones.

    The original post says he was also a financier. It not that rare fror a musician? Wht were Han’s activities in this field?

  • Edgar Self says:

    HDerek Han died of complications from the coronavirus following a tip to Italy according to an obituary in the Herald Tribune of Sarasota FL where he was associate director of La Musica Chamber Music Festival. I did not find any information about his activity as a financier.

  • Edgar Self says:

    A fascinating story. Many thanks, Marfisa, and not for the first time.