EMILY SUN & CATERINA GREWE
Thursday 25 February 2021 at 7:30 pm at St Mary's Church
Emily Sun violin
Caterina Grewe piano
Beethoven Violin Sonata No.1 in D, Op.12 No.1
Schumann Violin Sonata No.1 in A minor, Op.105
Clara Schumann 3 Romances for violin & piano, Op.22
Fauré Violin Sonata No.1 in A, Op.13
Members online booking opens Thursday 28 January
Any remaining tickets will be released on general sale on Thursday 11 February
Possessed of ‘a superb talent’ (The Advertiser), with ‘a perfect balance of expressivity and formidable strength’ (The Australian), violinist Emily Sun is in demand internationally for her compelling and captivating interpretations of both new and classic repertoire. Her impressive versatility as soloist, chamber musician and recitalist and genuine connection with her audiences allows Emily to perform with leading orchestras and festivals across Europe, the USA, Asia and Australasia.
A multi international prize winner, Emily was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal from the Royal College of Music, presented to her by HRH Prince of Wales. She won the 2018 ABC Young Performer of the Year (Australia), and the 2016 UK Royal Overseas League Commonwealth Musician of the Year, and international competition prizes at Brahms International Violin Competition (Austria), Yampolsky International Violin Competition (Russia), and Lipizer International Violin Competition (Italy). She was selected as a Young Concert Artist for the Tillett Trust, The Worshipful Company of Musicians, and is a City Music Foundation Artist.
Emily has performed recitals in some of the world’s major concert venues including Sydney Opera House, Wigmore Hall London, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Tchaikovsky Great Hall Moscow, Auditorium du Louvre Paris, and Flagey Brussels. She performed at Buckingham Palace alongside Maxim Vengerov in Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, in the presence of HRH Prince of Wales, and at the Royal Palace of Brussels in the presence of the King and Queen of Belgium.
As a concerto soloist, Emily has appeared with orchestras worldwide including the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, Queensland Symphony and Canberra Symphony Orchestras in Australia; Arlington Symphony, Arizona Symphony and Garland Symphony Orchestras in USA; Shanghai Youth Orchestra and Qingdao Symphony Orchestra in China; Orchestre de Royal Wallonie and Orchestre de Chambre Namur in Belgium.
An active chamber musician, Emily has collaborated with musicians such as Maxim Vengerov, Gary Hoffman, Miguel da Silva, Marc Coppey, Danny Driver, Gemma Rosefield and is regularly invited to perform at music festivals across Europe.
As a teen, Emily shot to national fame after being featured in the acclaimed award-winning Australian documentary ‘Mrs Carey’s Concert’. Her media presence continues as the ABC Artist-in-Residence, BBC Introducing Artist, with regular broadcast on Classic FM, BBC Three (UK), Kol Hamusica (Israel), WXQR (USA), and Musiq 3 (Belgium).
Emily studied with Dr Robin Wilson at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and continued with Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music London, where she now serves on the faculty. She was mentored by Pinchas Zukerman, Maxim Vengerov, Ivry Gitlis and was Artist-in-Residence at Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth Belgium, mentored by Augustin Dumay.
Engagements in 2020 include concertos with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, a national chamber tour with Selby & Friends, and recitals at Seoul Arts Centre and Royal Albert Hall London.
German-Japanese Pianist Caterina Grewe, born in Tokyo, has performed to great critical acclaim throughout the UK, continental Europe and Asia as a Steinway Artist. She has given recitals in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Steinway Hall London and Hamburg, Cadogan Hall, Fairfield Halls, Mozartsaal and Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Dublin National Concert Hall, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona and the Rachmaninoff Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire amongst others.
Caterina has also given recitals which were broadcasted by the BBC, the NDR in Hamburg and France Musique in Paris. She appeared alongside Lang Lang on Sir Micheal Parkinson’s TV Show Parkinson Masterclass which was aired on Sky TV in 2013. As a concerto soloist, she has appeared with the Classic Philharmonic Orchestra Hamburg, the Lüneburg Symphony Orchestra, the Oldenburg State Or chestra, the RCM Symphony Orchestra, Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and has collaborated with conductors Robert Stehli, Thomas Dorsch, Robin O’Neill, Manel Valdivieso and Alan Buribayev amongst others.
Caterina has won numerous prizes at world-renowned piano competitions such as third prize at the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and the Dublin International Piano Competition where she was a finalist and prize winner in 2015. Other prizes include First Prize at the 2010 Lagny-Sur-Marne International Piano Competition in Paris, First Prize at the Norah Sande Award in Eastbourne in 2010, First Prize at the 2011 Mayenne International Piano Competition in France and First Prize at the 2014 Rhodes International Piano Competition in Greece.
During her time at the Royal College of Music, Caterina won all major prizes including First Prize (Kendal Taylor Beethoven Piano Prize) at the annual RCM Beethoven Piano Competition in 2009 and First Prize at the Concerto competition in 2012, which led to a performance of Liszt’s First Piano Concerto at the Wimbledon International Music Festival under the baton of Robin O’Neill. Caterina was also awarded the HRH Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Rose Bowl by the Prince of Wales for her outstanding achievements during her studies at the Royal College of Music.
In 2016, she won Second Prize at the 8th Lyon International Piano Competition and was also selected as one of the 30 competitors to participate in the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. In 2018, she won First Prize at the 2018 Changhsa International Open Piano Competition in China. Caterina studied with Gabriele Wulff at the Hamburg Conservatory, with the late Bernard Roberts at the Chetham’s School of Music and completed her studies at the Royal College of Music in 2013 where she studied with the late Yonty Solomon, Ian Jones, Professor Vanessa Latarche and Professor Dmitri Alexeev.
Caterina holds the Bachelor of Music (BMus), Master of Music (MMus) and Artist Diploma (ArtDip), all completed with distinction. Throughout her studies, she was generously supported by the Monica and Guy Black Award, AHRC scholarship, RCM Henry Wood Trust, RCM David Young Piano Prize, Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Musicians Benevolent Fund. Caterina is recognised for the beauty, poetry, and temperament that her playing displays and the depth and maturity in her interpretations. She has always been especially drawn to the music of German Romantic composers.
Schumann is one of her favourite composers and it is only suitable that her debut CD for KNS Classical (which was released in April 2016) features one of his most treasured works (Davidsbündlertänze) and one of his rather unduly undiscovered works (Sonata No.3, “Concert sans orchestra”). Caterina joined the piano faculty of the renowned Purcell School in 2013 and was appointed as one of the youngest ever piano professors at the Royal College of Music in April 2019. She has given many masterclasses across Europe and Asia and has been a jury member of several piano competitions, including the 3rd Singapore International Youth Piano Competition and the SAE International Piano Competition.