Emily Sun

leaves us all in a long stunned silence

The Independent 5*

on the verge of international super-stardom 

The Australian 5*

Emily Sun brilliantly realises this wonderful piece of writing [Kats-Chernin's Fantasie im Wintergarten]

Limelight Magazine 5*

Emily Sun


“Possessed of a superb talent” (The Australian) with “a searing and poetic tone” (The Guardian), “the flight’s of Emily Sun’s violin.. reaches heavenwards.. leaving us all in a long, stunned silence” (The Independent). Emily Sun’s powerful sound and compelling, captivating interpretations have won her international renown, just as her genuine connection with audiences and engaging presence have thrilled her growing host of supporters.

As much a chamber musician as a virtuoso, Emily originally shot to fame as a young soloist and media star in Australia, and internationally as a multi prize-winner. Now largely based in London and having performed with significant orchestras and in major concert halls around the globe, she is a fast-rising star with “a perfect balance of expressivity and formidable strength” (The Australian).

Emily is Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Artist in Association 2023 and 2024. The residency includes a new concerto commissioned from Elena Kats-Chernin by ASO for Emily, which received 5 star reviews “The memorable premiere of a new musical landmark, Elena Kats-Chernin’s violin concerto, featuring a wondrous performance by violinist Emily Sun” (5* Limelight Magazine) and the Australian premiere of Fazil Say’s Violin Sonata No 2Kaz Daglari’.

Après un rêve by Gabriel Fauré

Upcoming projects include recordings and performances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Mark Wigglesworth) at Sydney Opera House, Barber with Andrew Litton and the Adelaide Symphony as well as Bruch with Shiyeon Sung, Korngold with Johannes Fritzsch and Tasmania Symphony, Bendigo Chamber Music Festival, and London Mozart Players. Emily will make her debut with Johannesburg Philharmonic and return to Western Australia Symphony Orchestra to play Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Asher Fisch.

Recent performances have included Mozart with Western Australia Symphony Orchestra (under Vasily Petrenko), Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (under Jaime Martin) as well as under Associate conductor Benjamin Northey performances of Korngold and John Williams’ Schindler’s List for ABC Classics ‘Classic 100’ which was broadcast on radio & TV. Chamber recitals across the world include Music in the Round, a duo partnership with pianist Anna Tilbrook, Joseph Havlat at 1901 Club and a residency at the Australian Chamber Music Festival.

Emily’s 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. Emily’s next release for ABC Classics in Spring 2024 will be a concerto disc of Korngold, Williams and the world premiere recording of the new Kats-Chernin concerto.

As a concerto soloist, Emily has appeared globally with orchestras including all the Australian symphony orchestras, 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.

2018 ABC Young Performers Awards Finals Excerpts

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.

Emily plays a 1760 Nicolo Gagliano violin, kindly loaned to her through the Beare’s International Violin Society.

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