Lecturer in Violin
Violinist Fangye Sun, a native of China, has enjoyed a multi-faceted career
from concert halls to teaching studios in both China and the United States. She
has appeared as a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra, Michigan State
University Symphony, Mason Symphony, Xi’an Conservatory of Music Symphony and
Jiao Tong University Symphony performing in Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, the
United States and throughout China. As an active chamber musician, she has been
featured in the Pacific Music Festival, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Blue Lake
Fine Arts Camp and Lansing Symphony Chamber Series and has collaborated with
Walter Verdehr, Yuri Gandelsman, Suren Bargatuni, Carl Topilow, as well as
musicians from Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.
Dr. Sun joined Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra in 2011 and has held
orchestral leadership positions including Guest Concertmaster of Lansing
Symphony, Concertmaster of MSU Symphony and Assistant Concertmaster of National
Repertory Orchestra. Prior to moving to the U.S., she was Assistant Professor
of Violin at Xi’an Conservatory of Music in China. During the summers, she is
often invited back to China to perform and present master classes at
Universities and Conservatories.
Her early violin training started at age four with her father. After
winning the gold medal at the “Gao Hua” Chinese Youth Violin Competition at the
age of eleven, she has won numerous prizes including the Best Performance Prize
at the Seventh Chinese National Youth Violin Competition, the Bronze Medal at
the Chinese National “Golden Bell Award” Violin Competition, Second Prize at
the Marquette Symphony Young Artist Competition, and the winner of the Michigan
State University Honors Concert Competition.
Dr. Sun attained a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Violin
Performance from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Music from Xi’an
Conservatory of Music. Her mentors include Walter Verdehr, Yaoji Lin, Xie Min
and Qihua Li.