Kai Sun music teacher

Kai Sun

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About Kai Sun

Kai Sun is a Chinese-American saxophonist, born in Beijing, China. His sound has been described  as pure, elegant and shimmering. He is the first member of his family to pursue music as a  career, and has grown up surrounded by musical influences. Growing up in America, he has  lived in several states, including Virginia, Washington, and New York, but considers himself to  be a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

Kai graduated in 2016 from Temple University, where he was a student of Matthew Levy, tenor  saxophonist and executive director of the world-renowned PRISM Quartet. Under Levy’s  mentorship, he has gained valuable insight into the art of chamber music and collaboration,  and served as an administrative and production assistant for PRISM, using much of what he’s  learned in his own professional career. He graduated in 2020 from the Peabody Institute of the  Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with one of the titans of concert saxophone, Gary Louie. Kai’s performance career has taken him to prestigious venues such as The Kimmel Center  in Philadelphia, and Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. 

Kai received degrees in Music Education and Performance from the West Chester University of  Pennsylvania, where he was first introduced to the world of classical saxophone by his former  teacher Greg Riley, and played jazz saxophone with the Criterions Big Band. As an educator, Kai has been a private studio teacher for over 10 years, having taught wonderful studios in the  Philadelphia and Baltimore areas. He is currently a faculty member at the International School  of Music in Potomac/Bethesda, MD and the Sloan School of Music in Urbana, MD. 

Although classically-trained with a background in jazz, Kai doesn’t consider himself to fall  squarely into either genre. His sound is a conglomerate, influenced by everyone he’s performed  with. His joy and spark is in musical discovery and collaboration; championing new, artistic  works by living composers, and performing alongside fellow musicians for adventurous and  curious audience members. Kai has worked with composers from Peabody Conservatory,  Temple University, and continues to seek new works to build upon the modern saxophone  repertoire. 

Kai is the executive artistic director and saxophonist of SMacK Trio, private teacher and  freelance musician. He currently performs on Selmer saxophones and mouthpieces, Vandoren  reeds and Ishimori ligatures.

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