Fangye Sun

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 Mu​sic from Xi’an Conservatory of Music. Her mentors include Walter Verdehr, Yaoji Lin, Xie Min and Qihua Li. 

Contact Information
Phone: (989) 774-3433
Room:  MU 173​