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Jiayan Sun will be performing as guest pianist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra at our Mystery & Madness concert on April 15, 2023. Tickets are available online or through our box office.

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, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, etc., and he  has conducted Meininger Hofkapelle from the keyboard. He has collaborated with prominent  conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Michail Jurowski, Stefan Sanderling, Leon Fleisher, David  Hayes, Thomas Crawford, Daejin Kim, Kerry Stratton, and Xincao Li. He has concertized 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, Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall in Toronto, Beijing Concert Hall, Taipei National Concert  Hall, among many others. His performances have been broadcast on BBC, RTÉ, China Central  Television, and classical music radio stations in 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, the first  prize in the inaugural CCC Toronto International Piano Competition, among others. He was named  a “Sylff Fellow” by The Tokyo Foundation. Under the mentorship of Sir András Schiff, he is invited  to give multiple recitals in Europe as part of Schiff’s “Building Bridges” project in the 2017-2018  season. 

Playing early keyboard instruments and studies on historical performance practice play a significant role in Mr. Sun’s musical activities. Important engagements include critically accalaimed appearances with the American Classical Orchestra and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and  recitals at the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies at the Cornell University and at The  Juilliard School. In 2014, he performed a series of recitals commemorating the tricentennial 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 Mushkatkol, 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 Verbier Festival, Gstaad Menuhin Festival,  Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, PianoTexas, 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. He is the Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano and Lecturer of  Music at Smith College. For more information, please visit