Assistant Professor - Violin
Acclaimed as "beautifully expressive", China-born Violinist Fangye Sun has concertized throughout Asia, Europe, and North America appearing in concert venues, such as Wiener Musikverein, Tonhalle, Suntory Hall, Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara, Victory Symphony Hall, Benaroya Hall, and Hong Kong Cultural Center. The renowned musicians with whom she has collaborated include Ralph Votapek, Carl Topilow, Bin Huang, Stephan Picard, Yuri Gandelsman, Anthony Elliott, as well as members of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. An avid chamber musician, she is a founding member of the Accorda Trio (violin, cello, and harp), the Armonia String Quartet, and Duo Piacevole (violin and cello), and was featured in the Asian Youth Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, and Leelanau Summer Music Festival. A seasoned orchestral musician, Sun has served as guest concertmaster of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and Shannxi Symphony Orchestra (China). In addition, she has been performing with the Grand Rapids Symphony since 2011.
Sun is Assistant Professor of Violin at Central Michigan University. Prior to moving to the United States, she held a professorship at Xi'an Conservatory of Music where she was the recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award. She was a member of the resident String Quartet and was the chair of the string area at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in 2004-2005. In addition to serving as faculty artist at Bay View Music Festival during the summers, Sun performs on concert tours and holds residencies at Universities and Conservatories in China. A sought-after teacher, she has presented seminars and lecture recitals at International ClarinetFest, the College of Music Society National Conference, and the Michigan Music Conference and serves on the American String Teacher Association Collegiate Committee. Her recent master class engagements include master classes at Bowling Green State University, California State University, Luther College, and University of South Dakoda in the U.S. and Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, Xi'an Conservatory of Music, Xia Men University, Capital Normal University, Shandong University, and Guangxi Normal University in China, among others.
In recent years, her students have been named prize winners at the MMTA Young Artist Solo Competition, White Lake Young Artist Competition, Concert Artist International Virtuoso Competition and Bay View Music Festival Concerto Competition. Numerous students made solo appearances with orchestras such as the Jackson Symphony, CMU Symphony, and BVMF Orchestra and made debut performances in Carnegie Hall. Her students have received full scholarships to Round Top Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, Philadelphia Music Festival, Miami Music Festival, and Brevard Music Festival. Alumni of her studio can be found in major orchestras in China as well as in collegiate music programs in the U.S., Germany, and Singapore. Her interest in multicultural musical elements in new music has led to her CD recording project "Chinese Fantasies." Featuring both traditional and newly commissioned works by Chinese and American composers, it was released by Blue Griffin Recording in 2019 and is available on iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Music, and Spotify. This project was generously supported by the CMU Faculty Research and Creative Endeavors Grant.
Her early violin training started at an early age with her father. After winning the gold medal at the "Gao Hua" Chinese Youth Violin Competition at the age of eleven, she has won the Best Performance Prize at the 7th Chinese National 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 Concerto Competition.
Sun holds a D.M.A. and M.M. in Violin Performance from Michigan State University and a B.M. from Xi'an Conservatory of Music. Her mentors include Walter Verdehr, Yaoji Lin, and Xie Min. During her studies, she had further opportunities to work with the Julliard String Quartet, David Kim, Paul Roczek, Alice Schoenfeld, Charles Dutoit and Valery Gergiev. Her live performances and media appearances have been broadcasted on Blue Lake Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, WRUV, WCMU, WKAR, WDIY, WLNS, and Hanzhong TV Station.
2016 International ClarinetFest August 3-7, 2016.
Performance of "Trio Rustico" for Clarinet, Violin and Piano by Daniel Tressel
Guest Artist Masterclass and Recital
California State University, Fullerton March 9-10, 2016
FRCE Research Grant C. “Chinese Images-CD recording project.” October 2015
FRCE Premier Display Grant for China concert tour. May 2015
MM (Violin Performance): 2006, Michigan State University
BA (Violin Performance): 2002, Xi'an Conservatory of Music, China
• Music by Chinese & Chinese-American composers
Courses Taught• Violin
• String Techniques
• Chamber Ensemble