The violin legacy of a Facebook pioneer

The violin legacy of a Facebook pioneer


norman lebrecht

January 28, 2018

The short and tragic life of Eric Sun was recorded in a must-read New Yorker profile early this month.

Eric, a Facebook engineer who built the network’s knowledge graph, was an enthusiastic violinist who managed to acquire a Vuillaume. After being diagnosed the incurable brain cancer, he spent the last months of his life playing in a production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Eric died in November, aged 33.

But he left instructions for his violin to be placed in a foundation where others can continue to use it.

Here’s how to apply.



  • Been Here Before says:

    It was a short life, but certainly not tragic. Eric took most out of the time he was given – more than many people with much longer lifespans. I read the New Yorker article when it was first published and thought it was fantastic.

    Eric Sun should be a role model and inspiration for all of us. You never know how much time you have, every day could be your last. Life, art and beauty should be cherished and enjoyed. Rest in Peace Eric!