Australian violinist Emily Sun will represent Australia at the 19th Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition in Belgium. Sun, who took out the grand prize at the ABC Young Performers Awards last year, was the only Australian selected out of the 71 musicians from 20 different countries.

Emily Sun, Rising StarViolinist Emily Sun

“I am really honoured and excited to be selected for this major competition! Especially as it is soon after competing in the ABC Young Performers Award,” Sun told Limelight. “I’m very proud to be representing Australia.”

The competition’s jury met in Brussels in January to screen the video entries, selecting the musicians who will go on to compete in the first round, which begins on April 29.

Two new works have been commissioned for the competition, one piece for violin and piano for the semi-final, Scherzo – Bagatelle by Bram Van Camp, and and a piece for violin and orchestra for the final by Kimmo Hakola, which will be announced in May.

“There is a huge amount of repertoire to have ready for this competition, so it’s difficult trying to manage that as well as keep up my normal concert schedule – I am currently performing piano trios in Denmark.” Sun said. “So I’m going to have to be very organised for the next month!”

Korea, Japan and the USA have the most candidates in the competition, with 16, 15 and 11 respectively, while China, France and Russia follow with six candidates each.