‘Possessed of a superb talent’ (The Australian), with ‘a searing and poetic tone’ (The Guardian), violinist Emily Sun’s powerful sound and compelling, captivating interpretations have won her international renown. Her genuine connection with audiences and engaging presence have thrilled her growing audiences, as she performs as a concerto soloist with leading orchestras, as a chamber musician and recitalist in major concert halls around the globe.
Emily’s upcoming projects include a new concerto commission plus recordings and concerto performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and London Mozart Players with conductors Vasily Petrenko, Benjamin Northey and Howard Griffiths. Emily’s recent solo album, Nocturnes, was released on ABC Classics/Universal to critical acclaim; it reached No. 1 for four weeks in the ARIA Classical Charts and was shortlisted for ‘Best Classical Album 2021’ in the ARIA Awards. Emily also features in a Rubicon Classics disc on the forgotten chamber works of Robert Kahn which received a 5-star review from BBC Music Magazine.
As a concerto soloist, Emily has appeared with orchestras including the Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmanian, Queensland and Canberra symphony orchestras in Australia; the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Royal Wallonie and Orchestre de Chambre Namur in Europe; Arlington and Arizona Symphonies in the USA; and Shanghai Youth Orchestra and Qingdao Symphony Orchestra in China.
Significant concert venues performed at include the Sydney Opera House, Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Tchaikovsky Great Hall Moscow, Auditorium du Louvre Paris, and Flagey Brussels. Emily was invited to perform at Buckingham Palace alongside Maxim Vengerov in Bach’s Double Violin Concerto at the Royal Gala in the presence of HRH Prince of Wales, and at the Royal Palace of Brussels in the presence of the King and Queen of Belgium. Chamber collaborators have included Maxim Vengerov, Gary Hoffman, Miguel da Silva, Marc Coppey, Danny Driver, Gemma Rosefield and is regularly invited to perform at music festivals across Europe.
As a teen, Emily shot to national fame after being featured in the acclaimed award-winning Australian documentary ‘Mrs Carey’s Concert’. Her media presence continues as the ABC Artist-in-Residence, BBC Introducing Artist, with regular broadcasts on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 (UK), Kol Hamusica (Israel), WXQR (USA), and Musiq 3 (Belgium).
Awards and prizes have included the Tagore Gold Medal from the Royal College of Music, the 2018 ABC Young Performers Award (Australia), the 2016 Royal Overseas League Music Competition (UK), and the Brahms (Austria), Yampolsky (Russia) and Lipizer (Italy) international violin competitions. She was a Young Concert Artist for the Tillett Trust, The Worshipful Company of Musicians and City Music Foundation.
Emily studied with Dr Robin Wilson (Sydney Conservatorium of Music), Itzhak Rashkovsky (Royal College of Music, London), Augustin Dumay (Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, Belgium) and received further mentoring from Pinchas Zukerman, Maxim Vengerov and Ivry Gitlis. Emily is herself a passionate pedagogue and currently teaches at the Royal College of Music, London.
Emily plays a fine 1760 Nicolò Gagliano violin, kindly loaned to her through the Beare’s International Violin Society.
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