ALPENA – Acclaimed as “beautifully expressive”, Chinese-born violinist Fangye Sun has performed concerts throughout Asia, Europe and North America, and now she comes to Alpena to perform on Saturday with the Alpena Symphony Orchestra.
The Alpena Symphony Orchestra will hold its “Spring Gala” show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Alpena High School Auditorium, 3303 S. 3rd Ave. The ASO will be led by maestro Jim VanEizenga, director of orchestras at Novi High School. The ASO is looking forward to this performance on the AHS stage, after its last appearance in December 2019.
The concert opens with Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony”, so named because in 1822 Schubert composed only two movements for this work. Why he never composed a third and fourth movement for this symphony remains a mystery to this day since it is officially “Symphony No. 8 in B Minor” and a complete “Symphony No. ° 9 in C major” was composed several years later. Perhaps Maestro Jim VanEizenga will shed light on this question in his pre-concert comments.
After the intermission, the ASO will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major” with Dr Fangye Sun as violin soloist. Sun began his study of the violin at an early age in China under the tutelage of his father. At 11, she was already winning competitions in her native country and in Marquette. It wasn’t long before Sun was performing across Asia, Europe and North America as a soloist and violinist in various string ensembles. Sun holds an DMA and MM from Michigan State University and a BM from Xi’an Conservatory of Music. Sun is an assistant professor of violin at Central Michigan University and can frequently be heard performing during the summer at Blue Lake Fine Arts Music Camp and the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey.
The ASO is honored by Sun’s presence and participation in this concert.
Ticket price is $15 per adult, with students and children admitted free. Tickets will be available at the door before the show. The ASO is a non-profit organization. A reception will follow the concert in the hall of the school.
Sun has performed at Wiener Musikverein, Tonhalle, Suntory Hall, Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara, Victory Symphony Hall, Benaroya Hall and Hong Kong Cultural Center. She has collaborated with renowned musicians Ralph Votapek, Carl Topilow, Bin Huang, Stephan Picard, Yuri Gandelsman, Anthony Elliott and members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.
A passionate chamber musician, she is a founding member of Trio Accorda (violin, cello and harp), Armonia String Quartet and Duo Piacevole (violin and cello), and has been featured in the Asian Youth Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival , Pine Mountain Music Festival, Saugatuck Chamber Music Festival and Leelanau Summer Music Festival. A seasoned orchestral musician, Sun has been guest concertmaster of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, and Shannxi Symphony Orchestra (China). Additionally, she has performed with the Grand Rapids Symphony since 2011.
Before moving to the United States, she held a professorship at the Xi’an Conservatory of Music where she received the Distinguished Faculty Award. She was a member of the Resident String Quartet and was the Chair of the String Sector at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. In addition to being a teaching artist at the Bay View Music Festival during the summers, Sun performs on concert tours and holds residencies at universities and conservatories in China. A sought-after teacher, she has presented seminars and lecture recitals at the International ClarinetFest, the College of Music Society National Conference and the Michigan Music Conference and serves on the Collegiate Committee of the American String Teacher Association. His recent masterclass engagements include masterclasses at Princess Galyani Vadhana Institute of Music (Thailand), Bowling Green State University, California State University, Luther College and Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, Xi’an Conservatory of Music, Xia Men University, Capital Normal University, Shandong University and Guangxi Normal University (China), among others.
In recent years, his students have been named winners of the MMTA Young Artist Solo Competition, the White Lake Young Artist Competition, the Concert Artist International Virtuoso Competition, and the Bay View Music Festival Concerto Competition. Many students have made solo appearances with orchestras such as the Jackson Symphony, CMU Symphony, and BVMF Orchestra and made their Carnegie Hall debuts. His students have received full scholarships to Round Top Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, Philadelphia Music Festival, Miami Music Festival, and Brevard Music Festival. His studio alumni can be found in major orchestras in China as well as college music programs in the United States, Germany and Singapore. His interest in multicultural musical elements in new music led to his CD recording project “Chinese Fantasies”. Featuring both traditional and newly commissioned works by Chinese and American composers, it was released by Blue Griffin Recording in 2019 and is available on iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Music and Spotify. This project was generously supported by the CMU Faculty Research and Creative Efforts Grant.
His first violin training started at an early age with his father. After winning the gold medal at the “Gao Hua” Chinese Youth Violin Competition at the age of eleven, she won the best performance award at the 7th Chinese National Violin Competition, the bronze medal at the 3rd
Chinese National Violin Competition “Golden Bell Award” and Second Prize at Marquette Symphony Young Artist Competition. Additionally, she was named the winner of the Michigan State University Honorary Concert Concerto Competition.
Sun holds an DMA and MM in Violin Performance from Michigan State University and a BM from Xi’an Conservatory of Music. His mentors include Walter Verdehr, Yaoji Lin and Xie Min. During her studies, she had new opportunities to work with the Julliard String Quartet, David Kim, Paul Roczek, Alice Schoenfeld, Charles Dutoit and Valery Gergiev. Her live performances and media appearances have aired on Blue Lake Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, WRUV, WCMU, WKAR, WDIY, WLNS, and Hanzhong TV Station.