Emily Sun, violin
Linus Lerner, guest conductor
ROSSINI Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers
BARBER Violin Concerto
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 in A Major ("Italian")
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.
Ms. Sun's appearance was made possible by Arts Global: A foundation empowering emerging artists and advancing social change.
Maestro Lerner is praised for bringing charismatic and passionate energies to music performances with a fluency that buoys audiences, listeners and performers alike.
Equally at home on the symphonic and choral podium, or in the opera pit, Maestro Lerner has conducted various groups in the United States, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, The Czech Republic, Mexico, Spain, Turkey and South Korea with close upcoming performances in Italy.
He is currently the Artistic Director of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra (SASO) - Tucson, USA; The Symphony Orchestra of Rio Grande do Norte (OSRN) - Natal, Brazil; The Oaxaca Opera Festival -Oaxaca, Mexico; and the Opera Festival of the University of Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico. He is also conductor at the renowned Round Top Festival Hill Institute.
With SASO he prepares and conducts a season of over 10 concerts and has taking the orchestra on 2 tours in various cities in China and a tour to Mexico and has released a CD of contemporary composers. With OSRN he prepares and conducts a season of over 30 concerts from classical and educational to Pops concerts and recorded a CD of works from the Brazilian composer Tonheca Dantas.
From 2009 to 2013, he served as the the Artistic Director for the Bayou City Performing Arts (BCPA) - Houston, USA where he prepared and conducted innumerous performances closing his tenure with a debut at Carnegie Hall along with the Texas Medical Center Orchestra in May 2013.
In 2011 and 2013, Maestro Lerner served as artistic director of the Beijing Concert Hall Opera Festival culminating with performances with the world-renowned tenor Dai Yu Qiang.
Other past positions include: Associate conductor for The Opera in the Ozarks, The Tallahassee Youth Symphony Orchestra, and The University of Arizona Philharmonic, assistant conductor for The Arizona Opera, The Florida State University Symphony Orchestra and Opera, The University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra and Opera. He was also founder and Artistic Director of The Southern Arizona Opera Company.
Guest conducting appearances in the US includes: Opera in the Heights, Brooklyn Opera Company, The University of Colorado Opera at Boulder, The Wick Chamber Orchestra and Singers, and the Miami University Symphony Orchestra and upcoming performances with Las Colinas Symphony in Texas.
International guest conducting include: The Orchestra Nacional de Valles (Spain), The Symphony and Chamber Orchestras of Porto Alegre (Brazil), The International Opera Workshop (Bulgaria and The Czech Republic), The Solistas Ensamble del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and The Primavera Symphony Orchestra (Mexico), The National Film and Radio Orchestra (China), The Hunan Symphony Orchestra (China), The Fuzhou Symphony Orchestra (China), The Antalya Symphony Orchestra (Turkey), The Tsingtao Symphony Orchestra (China), The Sliven Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria), The Korean Peace Orchestra (South Korea), and the Opera Studio of the University of Pernambuco, Brazil.
With more than 20 years of experience as a conductor and 15 as a vocal technician, maestro Lerner serves as a clinician to various professional and community choruses, orchestras, singers and conductors. Dr. Lerner’s organic, natural and kinetic approach to conducting and singing is proving to be very effective and efficient. He is currently a major advisor for El sistmena “La Esperanza Azteca” in Mexico where he teaches most of his over 100 conductors.
Dr. Lerner completed his doctoral degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Arizona where he conducted the UA symphony orchestra in numerous symphonic performances and operas (Die Fledermaus, La Cenerentola, La Canterina, Die Zauberflote and The Merry Wives of Windsor) and led its 2002 Mexico tour. In addition to his D.M.A., he holds a master's degree in orchestral conducting from Florida State University where he was assistant conductor of the FSU Orchestras, leading the groups in various performances including the America Premiere of the opera Procedura Penale. He also holds a master's degree in voice performance from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he performed numerous operas, and he holds a bachelor's degree in choral conducting from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
With exceptional credentials, global perspective, versatility and creativity, Maestro Lerner continues to bring joy, musical introspection and appreciation to performers and audiences around the world.
Linus Lerner, conductor appears by exclusive arrangement with BV Artists International.