Justin Sun, Bassoon

Canberra-born Justin Sun began studying bassoon with Richard McIntyre, and moved to Sydney in 2012 to study with Andrew Barnes and Matthew Wilkie at the Conservatorium of Music. During his studies, he was principal bassoon of the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, and in 2014 he was chosen to attend the Conservatorium's Estivo Chamber Music Summer School in Verona. In 2015 he won the Australasian Double Reed Society Competition and the Sydney Conservatorium's Concerto Competition. He is Principal Bassoon of the Australian Youth Orchestra and has performed as Guest Principal with the SSO and Australia Ensemble. He was awarded a place in the SSO Sinfonia in 2014 and has been an SSO Fellow from 2015-2016. In September 2016 he begins postgraduate study at the Royal College of Music, London.

What do you like about playing in an orchestra?

The thrill of performing on stage- the hours of rehearsals and individual practice recognised by an audience is very rewarding.

What are you most looking forward to on the 2016 International Tour?

The food. In particular, filling my suitcase with stroopwafels from Amsterdam.

What is your favourite AYO memory?

My first AYO rehearsal at the February season in 2014. I'd seen the orchestra perform for many years growing up and it's something I'd always aspired to be a part of.

What’s your favourite piece to play?

Anything by Ravel.