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Biography

Praised for his “revelatory” (New York Times) and “technically flawless, poetically inspired and immensely assured playing” (Toronto Star), pianist Jiayan Sun performs extensively in the North America, Europe, and Asia. He has performed frequently with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Hallé, Chinese and RTÉ (Ireland) National Symphony Orchestras, Fort Worth and Toledo Symphony Orchestras, Toronto and Aspen Concert Orchestras, etc., and he has conducted the Meininger Hofkapelle from the keyboard. He has collaborated with prominent conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Michail Jurowski, Stefan Sanderling, Leon Fleisher and Xincao Li and played at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, National Concert Hall in Dublin, Leeds Town Hall, Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Beijing Concert Hall, Taipei National Concert Hall, among many others. His performances have been broadcasted on BBC, RTÉ, China Central Television, and classical music radio stations throughout North America.

Mr. Sun has been awarded many major prizes in international piano competitions, including the third prize in Leeds International Piano Competition, the second prize in Dublin International Piano Competition, the fourth and audience prize in Cleveland International Piano Competition and the first prize in the inaugural CCC Toronto International Piano Competition. He was named a “Sylff Fellow” by The Tokyo Foundation and is a Center for Musical Excellence Young Artist.

Playing early keyboard instruments and studies on historical performance practice play a significant role in Mr. Sun's musical activities. Important engagements include recent appearance with the American Classical Orchestra in a critically acclaimed performance of the Beethoven Concerto No. 5 in Alice Tully Hall, and recitals at the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies at Cornell University and at Juilliard. In 2014, he performed a series of recitals commemorating the tri-centennial of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's birth on clavichord, harpsichord, and fortepiano. He has studied harpsichord with Lionel Party and fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson and Audrey Axinn.

Born in Yantai, Shandong Province, China in 1990, Mr. Sun studied in the Central Conservatory in Beijing with Jin Zhang before moving to the United States in 2006 to study at The Juilliard School pre-college Division with Victoria Mushkatko. He graduated with the achievement award in 2008. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from The Juilliard School in 2012 and 2014 respectively. He continues his studies at Juilliard as a doctoral candidate under the tutelage of Yoheved Kaplinsky and Stephen Hough, with additional studies with Richard Goode and Robert Levin. He performs frequently at Juilliard and has participated in the annual ChamberFest and Focus! Festival. He has performed and participated in Aspen Music Festival, Verbier Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, PianoTexas, Pianofest on Long Island, etc. His devotion to the art of composition led him to study with the composer Philip Lasser. His works have been performed in concerts at Juilliard. For more information, please visit jiayansunpianist.com.

Programme

C. P. E. Bach: Sonate Nr. 1 D-Dur, von Klavier-Sonaten und freie Fantasien nebst einigen Rondos fürs Fortepiano, für Kenner und Liebhaber, Sechste Sammlung, Wq. 61 No. 2

Beethoven: Sonate Fis-Dur op. 78
Adagio cantabile – Allegro ma no troppo. – Allegro vivace

Janáček: 1.X.1905 (Von der Straße – 1. Okt. 1905)
Vorahnung (Předtucha) – Con moto – Tod (Smrt) – Adagio

Ravel: Sonatine
I. Modéré
II. Mouvement de Menuet
III. Animé

Busoni: Kammer-Fantasie über Bizets ‘Carmen’, BV 284 (Sonatine Nr. 6)

Bartók: Sonate, Sz. 80
Allegro moderato
Sostenuto e pesante
Allegro molto


Concerts

04.03.18 - Brüssel (BE) - 11:00 am.
07.03.18 - Berlin (DE) - 20:00 pm.
08.03.18 - Marbach (DE) - TBA
10.03.18 - Ittingen (CH) - 18:00 pm.
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