Zeyi Sun


Photo by Matt Dine


First Prize, The New York Laureate International Music Competition; 3rd Prize, London Classical Music Competition; 3rd Prize, LISMA International Music Competition; 3rd Prize, Music International Grand Prix


Miami Music Festival, 2022; NYO-China, 2019

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career?

When I studied with my first teacher. I lived at his home and wanted to be a person like him.

What do you think orchestra concerts should look like in the 21st Century?

They could be more diversified, incorporating livestreams and other technology.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

Albert Markov

Which composer or genre of music do you feel you connect with the most?

Johannes Brahms

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it?

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. It is very heroic, and the second movement touched my soul.

What has been your favorite experience as a musician?

Traveling to different places

Favorite non-classical musician or band

Bill Evans

If you could play another instrument, what would it be?


If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?

Movie critic

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us

I am a certified scuba diver.

Piece of advice for a young classical musician

Listen more. Practice more.