Sun-Law Vuillaume Fellowship

An instrument for social change

The Sun-Law Fellowship is in search of an exceptional violinist to use the ‘Sun’ Vuillaume to bring communities together

In 2016, 33-year-old Facebook Engineering Manager and amateur violinist Eric Sun purchased a Vuillaume violin from Tarisio. Tragically, his time with the violin was cut short when he was diagnosed soon after with an incurable brain tumor. Together with his wife Karen Law, Eric wished to loan his fine Vuillaume to young musicians who would use it to bring communities together.


Fellowship Judges


First Round



Final Selection

John Adams, Composer

Eric & Colin Jacobsen, Artistic Directors, The Knights

“I hope that we can find a musician who will use this great instrument in unexpectedly creative ways – hopefully to expand the repertoire, maybe to rewire the performer-listener relationship and most of all to surprise us.”
John Adams, Fellowship Judge

“We will be looking for young violinists who demonstrate empathy and imagination through their musicianship and through projects where they extend that empathy outwards to the world.”
Colin & Eric Jacobson, Fellowship Judges

 “What a moving story, and what a good way to keep the memory of Eric alive through the sounds his violin will make….With all my best wishes, and good luck to you in this worthy endeavor!”
Yo-Yo Ma

Applications now closed!


“Our wish is for the ‘Sun’ Vuillaume to be shared by talented musicians who bring diverse communities together.” Eric Sun & Karen Law

What is the Fellowship and how is it judged?

  • The Fellowship loans the full use of the ‘Sun’ Vuillaume for two years to a violinist who will use it to help build and strengthen communities
  • Judging will take place in 2 rounds
  • 3 first-round judges, members of the Decoda ensemble, will be choosing a shortlist of the top 30 applications
  • Our judges – John Adams, Eric & Colin Jacobsen – will then make the final selection
  • Applicants will be judged not only on their performance level but also on their community-building proposal

Am I eligible?

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35 (inclusive)
  • Applicants can be from any country

How do I apply?

  • Many thanks for your applications!

Terms & Conditions

  1. Applicants must be between 18 and 35 at the time of application.
  2. Applications open on 26 December 2017 and will close on 28 February 2018
  3. Applicants can be from any country
  4. The recipient of the Fellowship must sign a loan agreement before receiving the violin
  5. The recipient of the Fellowship must commence their community-building proposal during 2018. Tarisio reserves the right to retract the loan if the project’s commencement be delayed after this deadline.
  6. Tarisio must be informed if any details of the project change from those stated in application. Tarisio reserves the right to take away the loan should the changes be deemed to impact negatively on the initial proposed project
  7. The recipient of the Fellowship agrees to assume full responsibility for the preservation, care, protection and security of the instrument. (The recipient will not need to pay for insurance for the violin, it will be loaned with full insurance coverage.)
  8. The recipient must have the instrument inspected by Tarisio every 4 months
  9. The recipient agrees to pay for any costs of repair, maintenance or transport for the violin which may arise during the term of the Fellowship
  10. The recipient will be expected to report on the progress of the community-building project; to promote the Tarisio Trust: Eric Sun-Karen Law Vuillaume Fellowship; and to be available for press activities, interviews, receptions and any other event in association with the program.
  11. The Tarisio Trust: Eric Sun-Karen Law Vuillaume Fellowship must be acknowledged on all project promotional and supplementary material.
  12. The outcome of Tarisio’s decision is final. There are no means to appeal and Tarisio will not enter into any further discussion or correspondence, or give reasons for its decisions.
  13. Tarisio reserves the right not to award the loan of the violin should it deem the applications unsuitable for any reason.


Photo Credits: John Adams – Margaretta Mitchell, Colin Jacobsen – Erin Baiano


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