Qilin Sun, China

Hailed by the Irish Times as a brilliant performer with “unfettered enthusiasm,” pianist Qilin Sun develops herself as both a soloist and a collaborative musician. 

She had her debut with an orchestra at age 11, playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23, K. 488 with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then, she has been performing in various venues throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. She has also received a number of awards and accolades, including the First Prize in the Xing Hai Cup National Youth Piano Competition in Beijing, Second Prize in the China Wen Hua Award National Piano Competition, and First Prize in the 5th Asian Piano Competition in Hong Kong.

Her recent concert highlights include the opening gala concert with the Chengdu Orchestra in the City Concert Hall in China, and recitals at Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center, Royal Dublin Society of Ireland, Ruïnekerk in the Netherlands, Imperial Palace of Goslar in Germany, Grand Hall of Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China, Aspen Chapel in Colorado, Chateau of Fontainebleau in France, Studzinski Hall of Bowdoin College, Paul Hall, Morse Hall, and the Peter J. Sharp Theater of The Juilliard School, along with other various venues throughout New York City.

As an enthusiastic collaborative musician, Ms. Sun is currently a member of the Altezza Piano Trio. Having been promoted by The Juilliard School’s Honors Chamber Music Program, the trio made its recital debut at Alice Tully Hall and is quickly establishing itselfmas an exciting and promising ensemble in New York City. In addition, as a member of The New Juilliard Ensemble, Ms. Sun premiered several new works playing the piano and celesta in Alice Tully Hall.

Born in Sichuan, China, Ms. Sun started playing the piano at the age of three. After completing her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at The Juilliard School in 2018, Ms. Sun was accepted again by The Juilliard School for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, the most prestigious program the school offers. She is currently a C.V. Starr doctoral fellow under the tutelage of Yoheved Kaplinsky and Matti Raekallio. 

Competitor, Aspiration Special Prize: Second Triennial Olga Kern International Piano Competition. October 27–November 3, 2019. Albuquerque, New Mexico.