Xiaohan Sun


Maisie Heiken Chair

Xiaohan Sun is an alumna of the New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Pacific Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival. Sun has been a substitute violist of the Houston Symphony since 2016 and has performed in subscription concerts including the European tour in 2018. Prior to joining the DSO, she spent one season as a viola fellow in the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida.

A native of Wuhan, China, Sun began her studies of the violin at the age of four and later was drawn to the viola at 13. Sun received her bachelorā€™s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as her masterā€™s degree as a Robert L. Lohse Memorial scholarship recipient at the Rice Universityā€™s Shepherd School of Music. Her mentors have included James Dunham, Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey, with additional instruction from Heidi Castleman, Joan DerHovsepian and Robert Vernon. Outside of music, Sun enjoys reading Chinese literature and detective novels.