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Yu Kai Sun

First violins - Academy
Yu Kai Sun, violin

A recipient of the JM Canada Foundation’s Choquette-Symcox 2023 Award and of the Hnatyshyn Developing Artist Grant, the Canadian violinist Yu Kai Sun is an active performer across Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia. She was appointed co-concertmaster of the 2022 Pacific Music Festival Orchestra and performed at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan. In 2021, she served as concertmaster of the 2021 Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, which culminated in performances at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany. As a laureate of the Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition in 2019, she performed the Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto N° 1 with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra at Koerner Hall. Additionally, she has performed as a soloist with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra, the North York Concert Orchestra, the York Symphony Orchestra, the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra. A native of China, Yu Kai Sun discovered the violin at the age of eight. From 2013 to 2017, she studied with Helmut Lipsky at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, where she obtained the Specialized Studies Diploma. She then completed a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto under the tutelage of Victor Danchenko. Recently, she completed her Master of Music at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles in the studio of Martin Beaver. Yu Kai performs on the 1757 Carlo Tononi violin, loaned by the Musical Instrument Bank of the Canada Council for the Arts. Starting in September 2023, Yu Kai Sun is a member of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Academy.