China born Soprano Jia Ruhan, started to study piano at the age of four, Classical, Jazz  and Chinese folk dance at the age of six.

 

When she was nine she started to study Chinese Opera and the next year, Bel-Canto.

 

She studied both at the Chinese Conservatory of Music Appertain High School, Department of Voice, and at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music where she started her Major. Jia Ruhan holds now a “Bachelor Of Arts” degree in Bel-Canto from the Shanghai Conservatory Of Music.

 

She did numerous appearances at the Shanghai Center Of Drama, where she performed in theatrical plays, as well as in musicals and recitals. She performed in Hong-Kong and in most Chinese major cities. She can be seen as “Nana” in the Shanghai Movie Factory tele-film: “Sentinel Under The Neon Light”

 

Jia Ruhan was selected in February 2007 in China, by French “Theatre du Chatelet” of Paris to play and sing different Characters in the Co-production of “Monkey Journey To The West” a Chinese rock-opera composed by Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz). Jamie Hewlett designed the set and costumes. The opera is staged by Director Chen Shi-Zheng. In February 2008 Jia Ruhan recorded several songs in London UK with Damon Albarn for a new CD. In March 2008, she recorded in Shanghai the theme song of the “2008 Beijing Olympic Games” composed by Tan Dun.

 

She then recorded in London the “BBC Olympic Theme Song for Beijing 2008” music and video clip by Damon Albarn & Jamie Hewlett, for the BBC. Jia Ruhan can be seen and heard  in the “Monkey Bee” video film shot in London and released in late 2008. This short clip was made by Jamie Hewlett. She won the First Prize at the XVIII Discovery International Festival in May 2009 and the Second Prize for Bel-Canto at the LLangollen International Music Festival in July the same year. 

 

 Jia Ruhan recorded on Christopher Tin's new album "Calling All Dawns", on July 2009. The orchestral parts (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) were recorded at Abbey Road studios, conducted by Maestro Lucas Richman. Three times Grammy-winning engineer John Kurlander (Lord Of The Rings trilogy, former Chief Engineer at Abbey Road) is serving as recording and mixing engineer. The album is scheduled  to be released on October 1st. 2009.

 

  Jia Ruhan is currently living in New-York City.