With a passion for symphonic literature, Leland Sun honed his craft at the opera stage. During his tenure on the music staff of the Los Angeles Opera (1996-1999), he has been responsible for various aspects of musical preparation, including backstage and rehearsal conducting, coaching of guest and resident artists, and rehearsal accompanying, in productions such as Tristan und Isolde, Salome, La Bohème, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, and Carmen. He has also been invited by the Hong Kong Arts Festival to prepare their 1998 production of Salome. In these capacities, Mr. Sun has enjoyed working with singers such as Renate Behle, Vladimir Bogachov, Helga Dernesch, Plácido Domingo, Maria Ewing, Helen Field, Tom Fox, Sheri Greenawald, Siegfried Jerusalem, Donald McIntyre, Juan Pons, Nina Terentieva, Carol Vaness, and Verónica Villarroel; and with conductors such as Richard Armstrong, Gabriele Ferro, and Laurence Foster. Mr. Sun’s earlier training focused more on solo piano, instrumental and vocal chamber music. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California School of Music, he was in the piano studio of John Perry. As participant in the Aspen and Banff Music Festivals, he has worked with pianists Gilbert Kalish, Ruth Laredo and violinist Zoltán Székely. He has performed recitals across the U.S., in Hong Kong and in Taiwan.
For the Los Angeles Opera Maestro Sun conducted the world premiere of the chamber opera On Gold Mountain by composer Nathan Wang and librettist Lisa See. “Leland Sun conducted with sympathetic brio.... The orchestra made a fine, balanced sound under Sun’s deft leadership” - the Los Angeles Times (June 12, 2000).
Mr. Sun is a co-founder of Cassandra Records.