Sun Yi was the competition winner several times. He was the Absolute first prize winner of the 6th edition of the International Festival and Competition "Days of Percussion" held in Fermo, Italy 2008. In 2009, he joined the International Marimba Competition in Salzburg, Austria and won the Special Talent award. Two week later, he won the first prize in the first edition of International Marimba Competition in China. In 2012, he was the second prize winner in 3rd Edition of International marimba competition in Salzburg.
Born in Xiamen China, Sun Yi started his music training on piano when he was 4 years old and percussion at the age of 7. In 2001, he admitted as student on percussion performance in Music School attached to Central Conservatory of Music Beijing, China. After 6 years of study with the percussion teacher, Professor Zhao Ji, he obtained a full-scholarship to study at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore with Jonathan Fox, the Principle Percussionist of Singapore Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 he continue his master study in Anton Bruckner Privatuniversitaet Linz, Austria with world renowned marimba artist Bogdan Bacanu and Principle Timpanist of Bruckner Orchestra Leonhard Schmidinger.