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Jiao Sun






Jiao Sun

Adjunct Professor of Piano, Collaborative Artist in Residence


Silver medal winner at the 2021 Washington International Piano Competition, Jiao Sun was born in Harbin, China and grew up in Beijing, where she was admitted to the Central Conservatory of Music at age nine as the first prize winner. She debuted with orchestra at age eleven. By age twelve, she gave her recital debut and won the prestigious Chinese “Chengxian Fu” national scholarship. Same year, she became a semifinalist at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition for Young Musicians after won 1st place at the Chinese “Golden Bell” National Piano Competition for Young Musicians and 2nd prize at the Russian “A Step Towards Mastery” International Piano Competition. Sun has also won 1st prize at the 2019 Memphis Repertory Orchestra International Concerto Competition, 1st and 2nd prizes at the Chautauqua Piano Competitions, 1st prize at the CCM (College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati) Concerto Competition, 3rd prize at the Ohio “Tuesday” Musical Scholarship Piano Competition, and 3rd prize at the Beijing “Rising Star” Piano Competition.

Sun has performed in Britain, Russia, Hong Kong, and extensively in the United States and mainland China. She has soloed with the Memphis Repertory Orchestra, the Saint Petersburg Academic Philharmonia Orchestra, and the CCM Philharmonia Orchestra. She has attended Bowdoin International Music Festival, PianoFest in the Hamptons, Aspen Music Festival, and two Chautauqua Music Festivals. Sun’s recital was aired on Cincinnati Public Radio, and she has been the artist in residence at the Cincinnati Music and Arts Society since 2019. She has been invited to perform as a solo guest artist at many music series and schools in the U.S and mainland China. She has performed in masterclasses with many world-renowned pianists and was a recipient for numerous scholarships. In her 2021-2022 Season, she has given recital at University of Chicago and has performed at two CCM Zemlinsky Concerts featuring worldwide famous contemporary composers. The highlights in her 2022-2023 Season include giving recital debut at the “Rising Stars Piano Series” at New York Southampton Culture Center and judging the Ohio International Piano Duet and Duo Competition.

An active and diversified chamber musician, Sun’s “SunRix Trio” was among the six piano trios advanced at the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Senior Division after won 1st place at the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Competition and 2nd prize at the CCM Chamber Music Competition. She has performed at chamber concerts extensively, including at the “La Salle” music series, two Eastman Honors recitals, numerous music series and schools in the U.S. She has attended the Cincinnati Chamber Music Festival as a fellowship artist and has been selected as a fellow for the Toronto Chamber Music Festival. She has served as collaborative pianist at Eastman Community Music School and CCM Preparatory Department and was a keyboardist at Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra. Sun has performed substantially and individually with a wide variety of instruments including strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, keyboard; with singers of classical voice and musical theatre, and Eastman Chamber Singers choir; and with various dancers.

Sun has served as the Head of Graduate Teaching Assistants in the Secondary Piano Department at CCM where she won the Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award and the renowned Dorothy Payne Scholarship. She has also served as Co-President at the Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) CCM chapter and as the liaison between the Cincinnati Keyboard Club and CCM. Sun has taught applied lessons and group classes for the Secondary Piano Departments at CCM and Eastman School of Music for seven years in total. She has presented twice at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) and the MTNA Collegiate Chapters Piano Pedagogy Symposium. She has won 3rd prize for the poster session at the OhioMTA conference and has been published in the MTNA E-Journal as an invited reporter at the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum (GP3) where she has been invited as a returning reporter in August 2022.

Sun has been serving as piano faculty and collaborative artist in residence at Ohio University School of Music since 2021. She is currently towards the end of achieving a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in piano performance with Soyeon Kate Lee at CCM where she earned an Artist Diploma in piano performance; she has also earned a minor in piano pedagogy with Michelle Conda. Sun has received a Master of Music degree in piano performance and literature with Douglas Humpherys and a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance with Rebecca Penneys at the Eastman School of Music. Her other mentors include Hwaen Ch’uqi, James Tocco, Paul Schenly, Ann Schein, Bernadene Blaha, Elinor Freer, Sylvie Beaudette, members of Ariel Quartet and Ying Quartet.

Newspapers Sun has been featured in:

“Pianist Jiao Sun” – “ALONG 同行 Magazine (Rochester, NY, 2022)

“Sun was the only Chinese won prize at the Washington International Piano Competition 2021” - Sing Tao Daily (Hong Kong/Los Angeles, 2021)

“CCM pianist won second prize at Performance Competition” - UC News (Cincinnati, U.S, 2021)

“Sun shared more than musical notes…she gave her heart and more…her playing reveals that passionate and imaginative spirit.” - The Chautauquan Daily (Chautauqua, U.S, 2012)

“Twelve years old pianist Jiao Sun will be giving piano recital during Chinese National Day Holidays” - Harbin Daily (Harbin, China, 2002)