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Hannah Sun, piano

 Australian-American pianist Hannah Sun is a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher, connecting with diverse audiences around the world. She is currently Adjunct Professor at Stetson University teaching Functional Keyboard and Applied Piano. A highly sought-after Collaborative Artist, she performs extensively with Stetson University’s Concert Choir, students and faculty, and most recently gave a series of Duo Recitals with University of Central Florida’s Cello Professor David Bjella. 

Sun has concertized throughout Australia, Asia, Europe, and across the United States, performing with the Manhattan Chamber Players, Orchestra of Southern Utah, and Corda Spirita Chamber Orchestra of Queensland, Australia. She has earned top prizes from Stecher and Horowitz Foundation’s New York Piano Competition, Long Island Conservatory’s International Music Competition, National YoungArts Foundation, and Kosciuszko Foundation’s Chopin Piano Competition. An avid chamber musician, Sun has spent summers at the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, France, where she was awarded the Prix Nadia Boulanger, the International Academy of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Maine. 

Actively engaged in community outreach, she has served New York City with interactive performances through the Gluck Community Service Fellowship, and conducted interactive workshops on improvisation, songwriting, and ensemble playing at the Kneisel Hall-Blue Hill: Together in Music outreach program and at the Li Song Piano School in Dongguan, China. She also performs, leads workshops, and organizes fundraisers with Shining Light Ministries, a Gospel and Performing Arts initiative that seeks to expand perspectives and impact incarcerated lives. 

Sun began music lessons with her mother, concert pianist Melody Qi He. Immigrating to Australia from China, she continued studying with Nehama Patkin, and with Phillip Kawin, Constance Keene, and Miyoko Lotto at the Manhattan School of Music. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at The Juilliard School working with Jerome Lowenthal and Seymour Lipkin.