I-Han Fu is a Taiwanese-born, Finnish-based conductor, and multi-faceted percussion player. In 2023, he starts the position of principal percussionist in Oulu Sinfonia, Finland.
I-Han started his music career at an early age. With a strong interest and passion for diverse musical styles, he possesses the ability to play multiple instruments. Since moving to Europe in 2012, he has managed to unify the deep influence of his Asian roots with his time spent in Europe; he strives to embody a great intercultural spirit in his artistic work.
“Conducting is done by the balance between singing and listening.”
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
I-Han is a multi-talented percussion player. He is not only an excellent orchestral and ensemble percussionist but also a world percussion player who specialises in playing the Cajon and the Indian tabla. I-Han finished his BA degree in percussion in Taiwan and received his MA degree from Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2015. His remarkable talent and ability has given him the opportunity to perform all over the world with distinguished orchestras and ensembles. Apart from performing, I-Han is often invited as a lecturer and guest teacher in several festivals and masterclasses.
After his debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2018 in the chamber music festival, he has conducted several high-quality orchestras in Europe such as Helsinki Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Kymi Sinfonietta, Lahti Sinfonia, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, and the BBC Singers. In the 2017-18 season, he was appointed as the assistant conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. I-Han received his master’s orchestra conducting diploma from Sibelius Academy, Finland in 2020.
I-Han's composition list
2021 Formosa, for tabla & string quartet
2021 Sisu, for tabla & string quartet
2021 Tabla Rasa, for tabla & string quartet
2021 Dr. Mysore, for tabla & string quartet
2021 A little Prayer, for string orchestra
2020 Kesä, for cajon solo
2012 Conversation, for percussion duo
2010 Daily 36 bars Snare Drum Etudes vol.1
2008 The Four Seasons, for Orchestra
“I-Han Fu is an inspiring and talented young conductor…. His musicality, intelligence, and technical skills guarantee him a great career.”
- Hannu Lintu, Chief conductor of Finnish National Opera and Ballet
“I-Han Fu is a highly gifted young conductor with an impeccable technique, who inspires the orchestra with his visions, natural musicality and warmth to give its best. A talent to watch!”
- Eva Ollikainen, Chief conductor of Iceland Symphony Orchestra
“I-Han, Yu-Ling, and Yung-Tuan (Insomnia Percussion Trio) have shown great cooperation during their ensemble playing. We are amazed at how well they breathe together and listen to each other.”
-International Percussion Competition Luxembourg 2012
“I-Han Fu is a very talented, intelligent, and sensitive young musician. With his technical and musical skills and natural virtuosity, I range him among the young percussionists of international quality. “