Australian-American pianist Hannah Sun is a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and composer, connecting with diverse audiences through interdisciplinary forms. She is currently Adjunct Professor at Stetson University, teaching Functional Keyboard and Applied Piano. She also serves as Collaborative Pianist, rehearsing and performing extensively with the university’s Concert Choir, Choral Union, individual students, and faculty.
In pushing the boundaries of conventional performance, Hannah employs thematic programming and interdisciplinary perspectives to initiate social conversations with her audience. Her most recent project, Improvisation and Water, confronts the pressing issue of Climate Change, and features her original composition: Plastisphere: Les Baleines. Originally commissioned by SEAS (Sustainable Environment through the Arts and Sciences), a non-profit organization that explores creative possibilities to solve or mitigate environmental crises through art production, the piece musically reflects the devastating effects of plastic pollution on whales.
Hannah has concertized throughout Australia, China, France, Japan, Poland, Russia, and across the United States. As First Prize Winner of Stecher and Horowitz Foundation’s New York Piano Competition, Hannah performed as soloist with The Manhattan Chamber Orchestra at New York’s Trinity Church and the Manhattan Chamber Players, and appeared in the documentary Beyond the Practice Room on PBS and on the McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase on New York’s classical music station WQXR. Her other accolades include First Prize at Long Island Conservatory’s International Music Competition, and 5 Towns Music and Art Young Musician Competition, Silver Award from the National YoungArts Foundation, and Third Prize at the Kosciuszko Foundation’s Chopin Piano Competition. She has also appeared as soloist with the Downtown Sinfonietta, Orchestra of Southern Utah, and Corda Spirita Chamber Orchestra in Queensland, Australia.
Hannah’s zeal for chamber music has taken her to the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, France, where she was awarded the Prix Nadia Boulanger. She also spent a summer at the International Academy of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia, and three summers at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Maine. A highly sought-after Collaborative Artist, she frequently performs with the faculty of Stetson University and University of Central Florida, and most recently gave a series of Duo Recitals with UCF Cello Professor David Bjella.
Hannah’s avid engagement with the community has enabled her to share music at hospitals, trauma units, shelters, and senior communities through the Gluck Community Service Fellowship at Juilliard. She also conducted interactive community workshops on improvisation, songwriting, and ensemble playing at the Kneisel Hall-Blue Hill: Together in Music community outreach program, and at the Li Song Piano School in Dongguan, China. She has also performed, led workshops, and organized fundraisers with Shining Light Ministries, a Gospel and Performing Arts initiative that seeks to expand perspectives and impact lives of the incarcerated.
Hannah’s musical journey began from an early age when she studied with her mother, concert pianist Melody Qi He. Immigrating to Australia from China, she continued lessons with Stephen McIntyre, Nehama Patkin, and Geoffrey Tozer, and with Phillip Kawin, Constance Keene, and Miyoko Lotto at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division in New York City. Hannah earned her Master and Bachelor of Music degrees at The Juilliard School working with Jerome Lowenthal and Seymour Lipkin.