Professor Emily Sun (2009)

Professor of Violin at the Royal College of Music, London, Emily Sun (2009) is known internationally for her interpretations of both new and classic repertoire. Her versatility as soloist, chamber musician and recitalist has kept Emily in demand and led to her performing with leading orchestras and festivals across Europe, the USA, Asia and Australasia.

Emily enrolled at MLC School into Year 7 in 2004. After school, she continued her violin studies with Dr Robin Wilson at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and then with Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music, London, where she now serves on the faculty as Professor of Violin. Emily's studies earned her: BMus, MPerf, ArtDip (RCM), Art Dip (Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth), and she now passes on her skills and knowledge via regular masterclasses that she gives around the world. Emily is also a jury member of several international violin competitions.

Before moving to the UK to study at the Royal College of Music, Emily – who was named Best Newcomer in the 2012 Limelight Awards – had already had considerable success in Australia. She performed as a soloist with the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmanian and Canberra Symphony Orchestras. At the Royal College of Music, she won the Violin Competition in 2012 and the Concerto Competition in 2015.

Emily has performed recitals in some of the world’s major concert venues including Sydney Opera House, Wigmore Hall London, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Tchaikovsky Great Hall Moscow, Auditorium du Louvre Paris, and Flagey Brussels. She performed at Buckingham Palace alongside Maxim Vengerov in Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, 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.

A multi international prize winner, some of Emily’s awards include the Tagore Gold Medal from the Royal College of Music, presented by HRH Prince of Wales, the 2018 ABC Young Performer of the Year (Australia), and the 2016 UK Royal Overseas League Commonwealth Musician of the Year, as well as international competition prizes at Brahms International Violin Competition (Austria), Yampolsky International Violin Competition (Russia), and Lipizer International Violin Competition (Italy).

Fellow MLC School Old Girl and international cellist, Rachel Siu (2015), nominated Emily for the 2021 MLC School Alumnae Awards. In her nomination Rachel said “Emily is an incredible musician, and has achieved so much in the years she has been overseas. She is currently working at the Royal College of Music, London, and is constantly performing around the world. I have immense respect for her as an artist and person.”