Born in China and raised in Australia and New York City, pianist Hannah Sun is a passionate soloist, chamber musician, teacher, composer-improviser, and poet, connecting with diverse audiences through combined creative forms. Hannah performs in concert halls as well as hospitals, churches, senior communities, schools, shelters, and correctional facilities.

Hannah earned her Master and Bachelor of Music degrees at The Juilliard School working with Jerome Lowenthal and Seymour Lipkin. Her love of music blossomed from an early age when she began learning from her mother, concert pianist Melody Qi He. In Australia, Hannah continued lessons with Stephen McIntyre, Nehama Patkin, and Geoffrey Tozer, and subsequently presented recitals and concerto performances in Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns, and Perth. She then moved to New York City as a teenager, where she studied with Phillip Kawin, Constance Keene, and Miyoko Lotto at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division in New York.

Hannah was named First Prize Winner of the New York Piano Competition in 2004, presented under the auspices of The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. Every year since the competition, the foundation has enabled Hannah to perform all around the East Coast, most notably as a soloist with The Manhattan Chamber Orchestra at New York’s Trinity Church and the Manhattan Chamber Players, with appearances in the documentary BEYOND THE PRACTICE ROOM on PBS, and on the McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase hosted by Robert Sherman on New York’s classical music station WQXR. Other awards 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, International Academy of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia, and three summers at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Maine. As a devoted teacher, she has conducted 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. In New York City, she taught at Avenues: The World School and nurtured her own private piano studio. She recently joined the faculty at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida as an Adjunct Professor and Collaborative Pianist, working with the university’s Concert Choir and Choral Union as well as individual students and faculty, and teaching Functional Keyboard classes. She also teaches private lessons as a part of Stetson University’s Community School of Music.

Hannah’s avid engagement with the community has enabled her to sharing music at hospitals, trauma units, shelters, and senior communities through the Gluck Community Service Fellowship at Juilliard. She has also performed, led workshops, and organized fundraisers with Shining Light Prison Ministries, a Gospel and Performing Arts initiative that seeks to expand perspectives and impact lives by sharing hope with the incarcerated.