音樂學學者。出生於福建廈門。1947年春隨家來臺。就讀臺北國語實驗小學校時，受音樂老師劉德義影響深遠。1959年東海大學外文學系畢業，1959-1964年擔任臺灣省教育廳交響樂團（今國立臺灣交響樂團）小提琴團員，又以筆名「余韋」主持復興電臺音樂欣賞節目。1962年受聘為臺灣藝術專科學校（今國立臺灣藝術大學）音樂科講師。1964年3月赴美，進入西北大學（Northwestern University）音樂學院研究所。1966年獲西北大學音樂史碩士，1974年獲西北大學音樂史博士。1971年受北伊利諾大學（Northern Illinois University）音樂系之聘，並於1975年為該校設立世界音樂中心。除西洋音樂外，涉獵廣泛世界音樂範疇，尤側重於東亞與東南亞，亦鍾情於美國阿帕拉契山區音樂，並以研究中國近代音樂史著稱。其中英文著作散見於普及與學術刊物，並出版十幾本書籍。1983年獲美國國家人文獎；在北伊利諾大學所獲數個獎中，以1998年之校長優秀教學講座為最顯著。1985年，應藝術學院（今臺北藝術大學）馬水龍教授之邀，聘為音樂學系訪問教授，為期一年，引進並教導巴里島甘美朗。1992-1993年再度應聘，引進並教導中爪哇甘美朗，並在1993-1994年擔任新設立的傳統藝術研究所所長。2003年從北伊利諾大學退休後，又任教於肯塔基大學（University of Kentucky）數年。已再度退休。2016年8月三度應聘回肯塔基大學教授甘美朗。
HAN Kuo-Huang is a Musicologist. Born in Xiamen, Fujian Province and resettled with family to Taiwan in the spring of 1947. While attending the Guoyu Experimental Primary School in Taipei, he was influenced by his music teacher Liu Deyi profoundly. In 1959 he graduated from Tunghai University with a BA degree in foreign languages and literatures. Between 1959 and 1964 he was a violinist in the Taiwan Provincial Education Department Symphony Orchestra (now National Taiwan Symphony) and a music program anchorman at Fu Hsing Radio Station by using a pen name "Yu Wei". He was hired as a lecturer by the Music Department of the Taiwan Arts College (now National Taiwan Arts University) in 1962. In March 1964, he was admitted as a graduate student to the School of Music, Northwestern University in America. He received his master degree in 1966 and Ph. D. in 1974, both in music history, at Northwestern University. He was offered a position at the Department of Music, Northern Illinois University in 1971 where he established the World Music Program in 1975. In addition to western music, his specialty covers world music in general with emphasis in East and Southeast Asian area and lately, Appalachian music. He is also noted for his studies on modern Chinese music history. His publications can be found in popular as well as scholarly journals both in Chinese and English. He also has published a number of books. In 1983 he received a National Endowment for the Humanities Award (USA). Among several awards he received at Northern Illinois University, the most distinguished was the Presidential Teaching Professorship Award in 1988. In 1985 he was invited by Prof. Ma Shui-Long for one academic year as a visiting professor at the Department of Music, National Institute for the Arts (now National Taipei Arts University) for which he introduced and taught Balinese gamelan. Invited again by the same institute in 1992-1993, he introduced and taught Central Javanese gamelan. He became the director of the newly established Graduate School for Traditional Arts at the Institute in 1993-1994. After retiring from Northern Illinois University in 2003, he taught at the University of Kentucky for several years and has retired again. He is back to the University of Kentucky to teach gamelan in 2016 August.