Lecturer in Violin
China-born Violinist Fangye
Sun enjoys a multi-faceted career. An avid
artist, she has concertized in Japan, Canada, the United States, Hong Kong, and
throughout China, appearing as a soloist with numerous
orchestras. The renowned musicians with whom she has collaborated include Ralph
Votapek, Carl Topilow, Stephan Picard, Yuri Gandelsman, Suren Bargatuni, and members
of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. An enthusiastic chamber and orchestral
musician, she has been featured in music festivals such as the Asian Youth
Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Pine Mountain
Music Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Lansing Symphony Chamber Series. A
member of the Grand Rapids Symphony since 2011, she has also performed as
Concertmaster of Lansing Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Southwest Michigan
Symphony, Xi’an Conservatory of Music Symphony, and Michigan State University
Symphony as well as Assistant Concertmaster of National Repertory Orchestra.
Sun joined the Central Michigan University faculty in 2013. Prior to moving to
the United States, she was Assistant Professor of Violin at Xi’an Conservatory
of Music in China where she was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching
Award in 2003. During the summers, she is often invited back to China to
perform and present master classes at Universities and Conservatories. Her
recent teaching engagements include masterclasses and recitals at Zhejiang
Conservatory of Music, Xi’an Conservatory of Music, Shandong University, and
Qufu Normal University. A dedicated and passionate pedagogue, her students have
been named prize winners at national music competitions, made solo appearances with
orchestras, performed in Carnegie Hall, and won full-scholarships to attend international
music festivals. Alumni of her studio can be found in major orchestras in China
as well as in undergraduate and graduate programs in the U.S., Germany, and Singapore.
Her early violin instruction started at the 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 several prizes and been recognized internationally with the Best Performance Prize at the 7th Chinese National Youth Violin Competition, the Bronze Medal at the 3rd Chinese National "Golden Bell Award" Violin Competition, and Second Prize at the Marquette Symphony Young Artist Competition. Additionally, she was named winner of the Michigan State University Honors Concert Competition.
Dr. Sun received 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. During her studies, she had further opportunities to work with the Julliard String Quartet, Bergonzi String Quartet, David Kim, Paul Roczek, Alice Schoenfeld, Sergiu Comissiona, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, and Fabio Luisi. Her live performances and media appearances have been broadcasted on Blue Lake Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, WAKR, WCMU, WDIY, WLNS, and Hanzhong TV Station.