Twelve-year-old piano student Jerry Sun, has been clocking up a lot of successes recently and getting plenty of experience playing in front of audiences.
Jerry won an award in the piano solo Class, NC Year 7, at the Alderley Edge Music Festival this year, playing Chopin’s Grande Valse Brillante, a piece that challenged his level of playing a little. But Jerry works hard and long to achieve success with harder pieces, which I believe are lessons in themselves.
A few weeks earlier, he performed Mozart’s Phantasie No 3 in D Minor at his school’s concert, to great applause. ‘Jerry was a bit nervous but he didn’t make any huge mistake,’ says his mother, Ying. ‘The head and other teachers asked me what year he is in and how long he had learned the piano. They said his performance was amazing.’ Jerry is a first year student at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.
Jerry began learning the piano here when he was seven years old and is one of my remaining child students. He practises on a Yamaha U3. He is lucky to have a supportive mother, a former violinist, who understands music and the importance of commitment to whatever he does. He has scored high distinctions for all his ABRSM exams so far and is about to take his Grade 5 exam shortly.
And in August, he plans to spend a week at Chetham’s School of Music Summer School.
Festival adjudicator, international concert pianist Kathryn Page said of his performance that Jerry was special and a pianist who showed great promise.