Han Lei graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in 1994. He was under the tutelage of reputable guanzi master, Hu Zhi Hou. In 1995, he won the second prize in the International Competition of Chinese Musical Instruments for Guanzi section. He became a representing member of the first of Chinese artist’s delegation in bidding the Shanghai World Expo show in the year 2000, he also participated in the World Expo show in Hannover, Germany, and toured German and Europe. His performances were well received by the Chinese and foreign leaders, media authority of the European media and audience. Han Lei was also the only Chinese instrument performer invited to perform in a grand party, organised by the Chinese Embassy in Singapore, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The same year, he was invited to participate in Taiwan’s National Chinese Orchestra Masters Series as a soloist.
Han Lei was invited to perform as a soloist in the National Orchestra of Guangdong’s official inauguration concert in 2011. He was also invited to conduct guanzi masterclass lectures in the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2012, he was invited to perform at Shanghai’s New Year Concert, and was appointed by National University of Singapore to compile guanzi teaching materials. In recent years, Han Lei has collaborated with Tsung Yeh, Zhao Ji Ping, Zhang Guo Yong, Yan Hui Chang, Zhang Lie, Kuan Nai-chung, Gu Guan Ren, Xia Fei Yun, Brubeck, Jeremy Monteiro and other well-known music maestros at home and abroad, and also performed with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, National Chinese Orchestra of Taiwan, Guangdong National Orchestra and other overseas famous Chinese traditional music and symphony orchestras. Han Lei is currently the guanzi musician with the SCO.