The Australian violinist returns to her alma mater as a violin professor


Emily Sun, photo courtesy Musica Viva

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Violinist Emily Sun has been appointed as a violin professor at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London. She returns to the college having undergone postgraduate studies at RCM and served as a teaching assistant. 

’I am excited to start this new chapter, alongside continuing to perform great music wherever it takes us,’ said Sun on social media.

Sun shot to fame in her home country of Australia as the star of the 2011 documentary Mrs Carey’s Concert, a film about music teacher Karen Carey’s journey to prepare 1200 Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC) students for a concert at the Sydney Opera House. Sun went on to study at Sydney Conservatorium with Dr Robin Wilson, winning the Young Performers Award (YPA) in 2018.

She studied with Itzhak Rashkovsky at RCM and has won numerous competitions and awards, including the RCM Tagore Gold Medal, 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.

Sun has also studied with Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium and received further mentoring from Pinchas Zukerman, Maxim Vengerov and Ivry Gitlis.

Since her international success, Sun has enjoyed a global career as a concerto soloist, having appeared with the Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmanian, Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras; European Union Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Royal Wallonie and Orchestre de Chambre Namur; Arlington and Arizona Symphonies in the USA; and Shanghai Youth Orchestra and Qingdao Symphony Orchestra in China.

Earlier this year, Sun signed with Percius for worldwide management. Her recent album Nocturnes was shortlisted for ‘Best Classical Album 2021’ in the ARIA awards in Australia, and she was also nominated for the Limelight Artist of the Year 2021.

She plays a 1760 Nicolò Gagliano violin, loaned to her through the Beare’s International Violin Society.