Born on November 4, 1983 in Changchung, Province of Jilin in China
Sun Yan is a First Grade Student of Classical Piano of the China Central Academy of Music in Beijing. He comes from a modest background with both parents being workers.
At the age of there, Sun Yan lost his sight, and started playing the piano when he was four. He relies on his memory and music scores specially produced for the blind. With the full support of his parents who notably invested all their personal savings of 18.000 renminbi to buy him a grand piano when he was nine, he has managed to become one of China's leading talents in classical Western music. His favourite composers are Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt.
His younger sister also studies piano in the Middle School of the China Central Academy of Music.
"It is difficult but it is all about being persistent. Music is my life. Nothing is too difficult, you just have to try," he says. As an example, he speaks of how he would look forward to the rain when he was young. "Whenever it rained, instead of running to hide, I would take out all the pots and pans and put them out in the rain. The sound of the rain hitting the utensils always made me happy."
Sun Yan has received the following awards: 1st Prize in National Contest for Disabled Artists in 1993, 1st Prize in National Contest for Disabled Artists 1997, Award of Excellence from the 4th Youth Congress in 1998, he was honoured with the distinction as Cross Century Talent from the Committee of Young Communists in 1999 and in 2000 he again won 1st Prize in National Contest for Disabled Artists.