Emily Sun, violin
Maciej Zoltowski, guest conductor
Join us for our fall performance featuring violinist, Emily Sun performing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major. The orchestra will be led by guest conductor Maestro Zoltowski of Warsaw, Poland.
Australian violinist Emily Sun began playing the violin at age 4 and studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Robin Wilson. She recently completed her Bachelor studies with First Class Honours as a full scholar at the Royal College of Music in London. She is continuing her postgraduate studies at the RCM studying with Itzhak Rashkovsky as a Shenkman Scholar.
Emily has won the Australian National Youth Concerto Competition, ABC Young Performers Award for Strings, Marcus Edward Violin Prize, Perry Hart Memorial Prize, Israeli Nelly Apt Scholarship, Royal College of Music Violin Competition, Lorna Viol Memorial Prize in the 2014 Royal Over-Seas League Competition, and the Vadim Repin Mozart Prize in the 20th International Brahms Competition in Austria. Emily is the recipient of the coveted 2014 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship and is an Arts Global Foundation artist.
She made her concerto debut with the East-West Philharmonic Orchestra at age 10, and has since been a soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Canberra Symphony Orchestra. She appeared in the 2012 Sydney Festival’s “Symphony in the Domain”, performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto with the Sydney Symphony to an audience of 10,000.
Also an avid orchestral and chamber musician, Emily is a regular concertmaster of the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra and was selected for the 2014 London Symphony Orchestra String Scheme. Emily is a founding member of the London-based piano trio ‘Trio Incendia’, performing across Europe.
As the lead role in the acclaimed feature-length documentary ‘Mrs. Carey’s Concert’, Emily won the category of ‘Best Newcomer’ in Australia’s classical arts ‘Limelight Magazine Awards’. The film was the longest-running documentary in Australian cinema history. It has been screened in cinemas and festivals across Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK and Europe, to outstanding awards and reviews.
Maciej Zoltowski (b. 1971 in Warsaw) is well known for his devotion to music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Being himself a composer, he developed strong links with the contemporary music scene as well as with the best soloists of our times. His thorough and diversified knowledge allows him an unprecedented insight into the music he conducts. He belongs to the most versatile and visionary conductors of his generation.
Maestro Zoltowski collaborates with many Polish philharmonic orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio (Katowice), the Polish Radio Orchestra (Warsaw), the Polish Orchestra Jeunesses Musicales and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra. International audiences could see Maciej Zoltowski conducting in plenty of concert halls in Europe, Asia and North America. His most recent engagements include: Orchestra da Camera del Trasimeno (Italy), Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Guanajuato (Mexico), Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (Mexico), Orquesta Sinfónica de Yukatán (Mexico), Çukurova State Symphony Orchestra (Turkey), the Pilsen Philharmonic (Czech Republic), the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra (China), Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä (Finland), Vogtland Philharmonie (Germany) and Mikkeli City Orchestra (Finland).
Works composed by Maciej Zoltowski have been performed during numerous festivals, among others: Two Days and Two Nights in Odessa (Ukraine), festival Europe-Asia in Kazan (Tatarstan-Russia), Rheinsberger Musiktage zu Pfingsten in Rheinsberg (Germany), Roaring Hooves in Mongolia, Composium 1999 in Tokyo, Sound Ways in St. Petersburg, Past and Future in Odessa and World Music Days 2002 in Hong Kong.
Maciej Zoltowski studied violin at the F. Chopin and J. Elsner Music Schools in Warsaw. Having earned his diploma in violin performance with distinction, he continued his studies at the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, where he graduated in 1996 in composition and in 1997 in conducting faculty, obtaining both M.A. diplomas with awards. His teachers at the academy included Prof. Marian Borkowski and Prof. Ryszard Dudek.
Maciej Zoltowski participated in many master-courses working under supervision of notable artists like Yuri Simonov , Zoltán Pesko, Lászlo Tihanyi, and Gianluigi Gelmetti.
For the artistic achievements, he received twice the Polish Ministry of Culture scholarship and the Tadeusz Baird scholarship. In 1997, he was awarded with the fellowship of the German Stiftung Kulturfonds in Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf. In 2000, he won the scholarship for young conductors of the Japanese Music Foundation JESC. He was the winner of the first composers’ competition held by the Musica Sacra Society in Warsaw. In 1999, he was the finalist of the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award (Tokyo). In 2002, the President of the Republic of Poland decorated him with the Silver Order of Merit.
Maciej Zoltowski held posts in many Polish music institutions: chairperson of the Young Circle in the Polish Composers’ Union, secretary general of the Warsaw Branch of the Polish Composers’ Union, secretary general and subsequently president of the Jeunesses Musicales Poland, the Polish section of the Jeunesses Musicales International. Since 2010 he is President of the ISCM Polish Section.
Appointed artistic director and conductor of the Cyprus State Orchestra in 2002, Maciej Zoltowski has developed the ensemble to high artistic standards. This has resulted in many international tours the orchestra did under his direction, visiting London, Copenhagen, Paris and Athens. In Cyprus alone, he has led over 80 concert, opera and ballet productions. His tenure ended in 2005 with a highly acclaimed “Concert for 10 pianos and orchestra” organized by the Steinway Club. Since July 2007 Maciej Zoltowski holds the post of the Managing and Artistic Director of the Radom Chamber Orchestra in Poland.