Emily Sun


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. 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.

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Artist-in-Association in 2023 – including for the critically acclaimed world premiere of Elena Kats-Chernin’s violin concerto, ‘Fantasie im Wintergarten’ commissioned for Emily and described as “engrossing” and “magical” (Limelight) – the 2024 season sees Emily continue in this role, performing the Barber and Bruch violin concerti  with the ASO in two separate programs conducted by Andrew Litton, and Shiyeon Siung. Emily also makes her soloist debut with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, performing the Korngold concerto, conducted by Johannes Fritzsch and with the Johannesburg Phiharmonic Orchestra. In Australia, 2024 also features chamber performances at UKARIA Cultural Centre with pianist Joseph Havlat, and Hayllar’s Music and Mountains Festival in New Zealand, masterclasses, and the highly anticipated release of Emily’s second album for ABC Classic in late 2024 featuring the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Season highlights in 2022/2023 have included the Bruch, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven concertos with the Sydney, Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestras with conductors Vasily Petrenko, Mark Wigglesworth, Jaime Martín, Asher Fisch, Tan Dun and Benjamin Northey, as well as featuring in Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s ABC Classic100 live concerts, broadcast on ABC iView and on radio. Chamber music engagements in Australia include for the Australian Festival of Classical Music (Townsville), Musica Viva Tasmania, Bendigo Chamber Music Festival (VIC) and at Adelaide’s Elder Hall with pianist Andrea Lam featuring the Australian premiere of Fazil Say’s Kaz Dağları. Emily has also featured in recital for Sydney Festival, national touring for Musica Viva Australia, and as soloist with the London Mozart Players conducted by Howard Griffiths, the EU Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Royal Wallonie, Orchestre de Chambre Namur; the Arlington and Arizona Symphony Orchestras in USA, and the Shanghai Symphony and Qingdao Symphony Orchestras (China).

Emily Sun has been ABC Artist-in-Residence, and BBC Introducing Artist, with regular broadcasts on Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 (UK), Kol Hamusica (Israel), WXQR (USA), and Musiq 3 (Belgium), and featured in the acclaimed Australian documentary ‘Mrs Carey’s Concert’. Significant solo debuts include Sydney Opera House, Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Tchaikovsky Great Hall Moscow, and Seoul Arts Centre. 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, Danny Driver, Umberto Clerici and Andrea Lam.

Her acclaimed debut album, Nocturnes (ABC Classics) with pianist Andrea Lam, was described in the Sydney Morning Herald as “a winner on every count”, reaching no. 1 on the classical charts and nominated for ‘Best Classical Album’ in the 2021 ARIA Awards. Sun’s notable recording as part of Ensemble Émigré of Robert Kahn’s Music from the Tree of Life (Rubicon Classics) earned 5 stars from BBC Music Magazine.

Emily is a Violin Professor at the Royal College of Music, London and has been a jury member of several international violin competitions. She is now the proud custodian of ‘The Adelaide’ Guadagnini violin (1753-1757), held in trust by UKARIA.

Emily is represented exclusively in Australia and New Zealand by Cinque Artist Management. For more information please see emilysunviolin.com


Latest News

January 2022, Emily has added general management with UK classical music agency, Percius Management. Emily continues to be represented exclusively in Australia and New Zealand by Cinque Artist Management. Read more here. 


2021 release ‘Nocturnes’ (ABC Classics), which is Emily Sun’s debut album and featuring pianist Andrea Lam, received a nomination for a 2021 ARIA Award for ‘Best Classical Album’. Read more here.


Emily Sun is winner of the 2018 ABC Young Performer Award, Australia’s premier award for young musicians, with performances in 2020 with the Melbourne, Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras.

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