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Emily Sun (violin) and Jennifer Hughes (piano) play Debussy and Richard Strauss

Wednesday June 15, 2016 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor L 140 - Claude Debussy
  2. Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat Op 18 - Richard Strauss

Australian violinist Emily Sun is rapidly gaining international recognition as a rising soloist. She is the winner of all major Australian violin competitions, including the coveted Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Strings Award. She has won all available prizes at the Royal College of Music including the Violin Competition 2012 and Concerto Competition 2015, and is a prizewinner in many international competitions including Royal-Overseas-League Competition UK, Brahms International Violin Competition Austria, and Laureate of the 33rd Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition Italy. She was recently selected for The Tillett Trust Young Artists Platform and Worshipful Musicians Company Maisie Lewis Award, UK.

Emily won the category of ‘Best Newcomer’ in Australia’s classical arts ‘Limelight Magazine Awards’, as the lead role in acclaimed feature-length documentary ‘Mrs Carey’s Concert’. The documentary was the longest running documentary in Australian cinema history and has been shown in film festivals across the world to acclaimed reviews.
She made her concerto debut with the East-West Philharmonic Orchestra at age 10, and has since been a regular soloist with the Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmanian, Queensland, Canberra Symphony Orchestras and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Internationally, she has performed with US orchestras Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Garland Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Arlington; China’s Shanghai Youth Orchestra, Romania’s Mihail Jora Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Moscovia Chamber Orchestra Russia.

Her performances have been broadcast on Australian radio station, ABC Classic FM and 2MBS Fine Music Station, Israeli Classical Music Station ‘Kol Hamusica’ and New York’s ‘WXQR’ Classical music station. She has performed as soloist in international venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Jersey Opera House, Tel Aviv Israeli Opera House, Auditorium du Louvre Paris and London’s Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall and Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall. Upcoming engagements include soloist with the South Arizona Symphony Orchestra USA, soloist in Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory Great Hall with the Moscovia Chamber Orchestra, and a recital tour of Italy presented by the Padova Music Association.

Emily has participated in international masterclasses and festivals, such as Keshet Eilon International Mastercourse in Israel, and the Young Artists Program in Canada, and is mentored by world-class musicians such as Haim Taub, Ivry Gitlis and Pinchas Zukerman. She graduated Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the Royal College of Music London and is continuing her postgraduate studies with Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky as a Dasha Shenkman Scholar supported by a Big Give Award. She is an Arts Global artist and is supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Ars Musica Australis, Hattori Foundation, Australian Music Foundation and the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship.

Jennifer Hughes (born 1987) is an instrumental duo partner and song pianist. Based in London, she has performed across Europe at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Oslo Opera House, St John’s Smith Square, St James’s Piccadilly and live on BBC Radio 3. She has also appeared at the Moscow Festival, BBC Proms, City of London Festival and Bergen International Festival.

Jennifer has been awarded the Royal Overseas League Accompanist’s Prize, the AESS Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition Accompanist’s Prize, the Joaninha Trust Accompanist’s Prize, the Titanic Memoriam Prize (RCM), and an award from the Geoffrey Parsons Memorial Trust. She is also a Park Lane Group Artist.

Jennifer is Duo Coach for the String Department at the Royal College of Music. She also accompanies and coaches students at Aldeburgh Young Musicians, New Virtuosi Mastercourse and Voksenasen Summer Academy.

She studied with Hilary Coates as a DfES Scholar at Wells Cathedral School and later at the Royal College of Music with John Blakely and Roger Vignoles. Her studies were supported by the Draper’s Company, Henry Wood Trust, Help Musicians UK and the Worshipful Company of Founders. Jennifer also held the Gilbert and Eileen Edgar Junior Fellowship in piano accompaniment at the RCM.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly

Emily Sun

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