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Jiao Sun






Jiao Sun

Collaborative Artist in Residence, Adjunct Professor of Piano

Pianist 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 a national first prize winner. She debuted with orchestra at age eleven. At age twelve, she gave her recital debut and became a semifinalist at the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition for Young Musician 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 won 2nd prize at the Washington International Piano Competition, 1st prize at the Memphis Repertory Orchestra International Concerto Competition, 1st and 2nd prizes at the Chautauqua Piano Competitions, 1st prize at the Cincinnati CCM Concerto Competition, 3rd prize at the Ohio “Tuesday” Musical Scholarship Piano Competition, 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 Cincinnati CCM Philharmonia Orchestra. She has attended Bowdin International Music Festival (virtual due to Covid), PianoFest in the Hamptons, Aspen Music Festival, and two Chautauqua Music Festivals. Sun has been the Artist-in-Residence at Cincinnati Music and Arts Society and has been invited to perform as a solo guest artist at many music series and schools in the U.S and in mainland China. She has been selected to perform in masterclasses with many world-renowned pianists. The highlights in her Season 2021-2022 include giving recital debut at University of Chicago, the New York Southampton Culture Center “Rising Stars” Piano Series, and Lee University School of Music.

She has advanced to the top six piano trios at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition after won 1st place at the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Competition and 2nd prize at the Cincinnati CCM Chamber Music Competition. She has performed at chamber concerts extensively including at the “La Salle” music series, Eastman Honors, and 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.

Sun has served as the Head of Graduate Teaching Assistants in the Secondary Piano Department at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she won the Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award and the prestigious Dorothy Payne Scholarship. She has also served as Co-President of 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 for many years. She has been selected to present 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 of 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).

Sun 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. She 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.

“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)

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

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

“Sun was the youngest pianist debuted piano solo recital with full recital repertoire at age of twelve in the local history.” - Harbin Daily (Harbin, China)

“Pianist Jiao Sun” – “Along” Magazine (Beijing, China)