These days, she might perform across the globe, but Sun wasn’t always so comfortable in the spotlight. When she was a teen, a film crew documented her time as a talented but rebellious senior student in the popular film Mrs Carey’s Concert.
That experience seemed to bring her out of her shell. By 2018, she was both an exceptional musical interpreter and a charismatic performer, which led to her winning the ABC’s Young Performer of the Year award.
Soon after, her debut album for ABC Classic, Nocturnes, was nominated for an ARIA. And this year, she signed a general † management deal with prestigious UK firm Percius. (Cinque Artist Management continues to represent her in Australasia.)
Sun says her early experiences in Europe have helped her cultivate quick thinking. Renowned teachers Itzhak Rashkovsky (at the Royal College of Music in London) and Augustin Dumay (at Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium) pushed her to always be ready.
“The pace in London is just much faster,” she explains. “If you’re playing with an orchestra, you have to be really fast: you have to be ready to play a concerto with one rehearsal on the day.”
Pandemic notwithstanding, Sun says travelling between the UK and Australia for professional and personal engagements has become as normal as tuning her instrument.
There’s always something special about stepping off the plane in her hometown of Sydney, though.
“It feels like I’m being given a giant hug,” she says. “I feel so comfortable in Australia. I think any Aussie who’s spent time away will relate to that feeling.”
Sun says she is thrilled to be working with the MSO again after performing Matthew Hindson’s Concerto for Violin in the Orchestra’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl series in 2020 (just before COVID hit), raising funds for bushfire victims. She also she feels aligned with two of the company’s top priorities: education and regional touring.
“Musica Viva came to my primary school and I remember it fondly,” she says. During high school, she saw Richard Gill AO’s Discovery Program and was involved in development activities with the Sydney Symphony and Australian Chamber Orchestras.