Pianist April Sun tells sound stories with heart (-felt hammers and strings). A native of Bozeman, Montana, she finds inspiration in the wild, and her creativity is naturally boundless.
April’s collaborative projects have included performances with members of the Chiara Quartet, Escher Quartet, Cleveland Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She has also played in numerous chamber groups, such as the CIM New Music Ensemble and Phoenix. She is a founding member of the Meadowlark Trio, ensemble-fellow for Music For Food‘s 2018-19 season. In this role, the trio will present workshops and performances throughout the Boston area to benefit local food pantries.
Passionate about music education and outreach, April has played and taught in schools, nursing homes, and community centers throughout the nation. From 2016-18, April was an Artist-in-Residence at Judson Park, where she presented regular recitals and engaged with the retirement community as part of an inter-generational living initiative. Currently, she teaches piano and chamber music at the Brookline Music School in Boston. In 2019, April completed her doctorate in collaborative piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she received both a MM in piano performance and a certificate in pedagogy. Her principal teachers have been Daniel Shapiro and Anita Pontremoli. Additionally, April studied chamber music with Peter Salaff, Sharon Robinson, Carolyn Warner, Keith Fitch, and the Cavani Quartet. Most recently, she received the 2018 Bennett Levine Chamber Music Award.