Emily Sun was born in Sydney. She began playing the violin at age five, taught by her father, Dr Daniel Yi Sun, a recognized Australian composer. She received her Australian Associate Diploma of Music in piano at 13 and Licentiate in violin at 14.
Ms Sun studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Robin Wilson. She is now in her third year of a BMus (Hons) degree at the Royal College of Music in London, where she is studying with Itzhak Rashkovsky as an Ackroyd Scholar under an Orpheus Award.
Ms Sun has won numerous competitions, including the Australian National Youth Concerto Competition, the Perry Hart Memorial Prize, the Marcus Edwards Violin Prize and the Richard Goldner Concerto Competition. In 2011 she was named Strings Winner of the ABC Young Performer of the Year, following her performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edvard Tchivzhel. In 2012, she was the winner of the annual Royal College of Music Violin Competition.
Ms Sun made her concerto debut with the East-West Philharmonic Orchestra at age ten, and has since been a soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and appeared in collaborations with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. She was the soloist in the 2012 Sydney Festival’s 'Symphony in the Domain', performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto with the Sydney Symphony to an audience of 50,000.
Ms Sun has appeared as soloist in such venues as the Sydney Opera House, Tel Aviv Opera House and The Louvre Auditorium. Engagements in 2013 include a solo recital at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room and performances in London.
Ms Sun is supported by a Nelly Apt Scholarship and the Australian Music Foundation. She is featured in the Australian feature-length documentary Mrs Carey’s Concert, which premiered at the opening night of the 2011 Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival. The film has been screened in cinemas across Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Europe, to outstanding awards and reviews.
Free recital (retiring collection)
- Sonata for Violin and Piano No 6 in A
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
- The Scarlet Sail
- Boris Pigovat (1953-)
- Fantaisie brillante on themes from Gounod's 'Faust'
- Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)