The Avedis Zildjian Endowed Percussion Scholarship at The Juilliard School was presented to Jingchen Sun.
Jingchen Sun was born in 1990 in China, where she began piano and percussion studies at a young age. In 2005 she moved to New York and studied in Juilliard's Pre-College Division with Jonathan Haas (M.M. '78) and Simon Boyar (B.M. '93), while attending the Professional Children's School.
As a Pre-College Division student, she won numerous competitions, including the Juilliard Pre-College Open Concerto Competition in 2006. She has performed Eric Ewazen's Marimba Concerto with the Pre-College Symphony. She also participated in the Nancy Zeltsman Marimba Festival, the Beijing Percussion Festival, and the Universal Marimba Competition and Festival in Belgium. Her performance of Keiko Abe's Michi was nationally broadcast and aired on WQXR in November 2007.
Along with many of her talented classmates in the Pre-College Division, Jingchen has been featured in live performances on NPR's From the Top, appearing in many television broadcasts and podcasts. She was selected to be the recipient of the From the Top's $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in 2007.
Jingchen is currently a second-year undergraduate student of Gregory Zuber.