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Concert Pianist Hannah Sun Ripert is a performer, teacher, and composer with a mission to connect with diverse audiences around the world. Recently appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Central Florida, she is educating the next generation of pianists and collaborating with the world-renowned faculty of the School of Performing Arts. She also serves as Adjunct Professor at Stetson University where she teaches Applied Piano and continues to perform with faculty.
In pushing the boundaries of conventional performance, Sun Ripert uses thematic programming and interdisciplinary perspectives to initiate social conversations with her audience. Her most recent project, Breath Underwater, features her original composition, Plastisphere, commissioned by SEAS (Sustainable Environment through the Arts and Sciences). Plastisphere musically reflects on the devastating effects of plastic pollution on sea life, using sound as a means to raise ecological awareness and bring musical imagination into civic actions.
Sun Ripert has concertized throughout Australia, Asia, Europe, and across the United States, performing as soloist with the Manhattan Chamber Players, Orchestra of Southern Utah, and Corda Spirita Chamber Orchestra of Queensland, Australia. She has earned top prizes from Stecher and Horowitz Foundation’s New York Piano Competition, Long Island Conservatory’s International Music Competition, National YoungArts Foundation, and Kosciuszko Foundation’s Chopin Piano Competition. An avid chamber musician, Sun Ripert has spent summers at the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, France, where she was awarded the Prix Nadia Boulanger, the International Academy of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Maine.
Actively engaged in community outreach, Sun Ripert has served New York City with interactive performances through the Gluck Community Service Fellowship, and conducted interactive workshops on improvisation, songwriting, and ensemble playing at the Kneisel Hall-Blue Hill: Together in Music outreach program and at the Li Song Piano School in Dongguan, China. She also performs, leads workshops, and organizes fundraisers with Shining Light Ministries, a Gospel and Performing Arts initiative that seeks to expand perspectives and impact incarcerated lives.
Sun Ripert began music lessons 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 in New York City with Phillip Kawin, Constance Keene, and Miyoko Lotto at the Manhattan School of Music. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at The Juilliard School working with Jerome Lowenthal and Seymour Lipkin.