‘Possessed of a superb talent’ (The Australian), with ‘a searing and poetic tone’ (The Guardian), Emily Sun’s powerful sound and compelling interpretations have earned her international renown, winning the Royal Overseas League Competition (UK), ABC Young Performers Award (Australia), and violin competitions Italy, Austria and Russia.
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Artist in Association for 2023, including for the critically acclaimed world premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin’s violin concerto, Fantasie im Wintergarten described as “engrossing” and “magical” (Limelight). Soloist engagements also include Bruch, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven concertos with the Sydney, Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestras with conductors Mark Wigglesworth, Jaime Martín, Asher Fisch, and Benjamin Northey, along with chamber music concerts for the Australian Festival of Classical Music, Musica Viva Tasmania, and more.
Recent highlights include as soloist with the West Australian, Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras and London Mozart Players with conductors Vasily Petrenko, Benjamin Northey, Tan Dun and Howard Griffiths; for Musica Viva Australia, Sydney Festival, with the EU Chamber Orchestra, Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, and alongside Maxim Vengerov at Buckingham Palace. Emily’s debut album Nocturnes (ABC Classics) with pianist Andrea Lam was nominated for a 2021 ARIA award, and her follow-up album featuring Kats-Chernin’s concerto, is due for release in early 2024.
Emily is a Violin Professor at the Royal College of Music London, and plays on a 1760 Nicolò Gagliano violin, kindly loaned by Beares International Violin Society.