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The Tarisio Trust has recently announced that John Adams will serve as judge for the inaugural Sun-Law Vuillaume Fellowship, established in memory of Facebook engineer and amateur violinist Eric Sun. The fellowship loads Sun’s valuable Vuillaume violin to young violinists who are dedicated to bringing communities together.

John Adams will serve as judge for the inaugural Eric Sun-Karen Law Vuillaume Fellowship, organized by the Tarisio Trust in memory of Eric Sun, the young Facebook engineer and amateur violinist who recently passed away from an incurable brain tumor. The fellowship, created by Sun and his wife Karen Law, celebrates his enduring passion for music by loaning the "Sun" Vuillaume violin to young violinists who are dedicated to bringing communities together.

Eric Sun’s story was featured in The New Yorker in January, detailing his lifelong passion for violin that led him to purchase a valuable 1855 Guarneri Vuillaume violin. When he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, he turned to music as a source of positivity and comfort, and set up a fellowship with his wife, Karen Law, through the Tarisio Trust in order to share his prized instrument with other violinists.

The Sun-Law Vuillaume Fellowship will loan the "Sun" Vuillaume violin for a two-year period to an exceptional violinist who would use it to bring communities together. John Adams will serve on the fellowship jury alongside The Knights’ Artistic Directors Eric and Colin Jacobsen.

Adams states: "I hope that we can find a musician who will use this great instrument in unexpectedly creative ways … to expand the repertoire, maybe to rewire the performer-listener relationship and most of all to surprise us."

> Watch John Adams’s video message about the fellowship here.
> More information about the Sun-Law Fellowship
> New Yorker story about Eric Sun

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