Sun is a 26-year-old Korean-American pianist and harpsichordist. She earned her Bachelor's in Piano Performance from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University and a Master's in Historical Performance and harpsichord from the Royal Academy of Music in London.
As a pianist she enjoys a varied career which includes chamber, recital, and solo work. She has soloed with the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Chicago, Utah Symphony, and Philharmonia Northwest. She gave solo and collaborative recitals at the Chicago Cultural Centre, and was a featured artist on "Live from WFMT", where her two-hour recital was broadcast live. She also won two of the main scholarship competitions in the Chicago area, becoming a Luminarts Fellow in 2014, and receiving the Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship from the Musician’s Club of Women in 2015.
Although Sun is experienced in solo playing, she is most passionate about chamber music. She has traveled and performed on Holland America Line's cruise ships as part of the Lincoln Center Stage Piano Quintet, and enjoys collaborating with her colleagues as much as possible. As a harpsichordist, she conducts research of music written by women who were active before the 18th century, and plays with her ensemble, Judith Collective.
"The move to unearth women artists in music, as in any other art, is not a neutral act, any more than is their previous neglect."
Kiyoe Matsuura (baroque violinist & violist extraordinaire) and I played a program of works by female baroque composers. I was so inspired and surprised by all of the unexpected harmonies that Elisabeth wrote in this piece and I'm so glad I can share it with you! Thanks to Jason Moy and Ars Music Chicago for all the amazing support!!
We recorded this in a beautiful church in Juneau, Alaska, during a contract as a piano quintet on Holland America. I'm very thankful to my colleagues Victor Minke Huls (cello), Ali Comerford (viola), Hannah Ji, and Michael Turkell (violins) for participating and to Dave and Bruce for being so generous with their time, resources, and skills.
I performed this with Camerata Chicago with Maestro Drostan Hall for the Sylvia McNair series in 2015. The world-renowned singer performed some Gershwin songs with the orchestra, and the series also included An American In Paris, Catfish Row, as well as Rhapsody in Blue for an all-Gershwin evening. The recording you hear is from our third and final concert, which was part of the Wheaton College Artists Series.
This is a wonderful second movement from Claude Debussy's Images, book I. This was recorded in Levin Studios at WFMT - Chicago's classical radio station - from when I played for a taping of Live! From WFMT, hosted by Kerry Frumkin.
Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-1969) is one of the first female composers I was introduced to as a student. I fell in love with this sonata immediately, and I am always happy when I am able to introduce it to others. I hope you enjoy listening to it! The movement titles are links, which you can click to move to the beginning of the movement. To read more about this piece visit this link.
As part of my senior recital, I thought it would be fun to gather all my friends and play a concerto with them! With the help of conductor Daniel Brottman, I was able to perform this delightful piece in Galvin Hall at Northwestern University.