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Jian Liu
Jian Liu 


Chinese-American pianist Jian Liu, coordinator of classical piano study at the New Zealand School of Music, is gaining reputation as a highly sought-after solo pianist, chamber musician, and educator. He has appeared on concert stages in China, Japan, Portugal, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United States, and with the Symphony Orchestra of National Philharmonic Society of Ukraine, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra, and Chandler Symphony Orchestra. His performances have been broadcast by various TV and radio stations, including KPHO (CBS) in Phoenix, Arizona, CCTV in China, Suisse Romande Radio in Switzerland, and Radio NZ in New Zealand. Phoenix New Times praised Mr. Liu’s playing as if “his life, and yours, depends upon his perfect execution”.

Jian won First Prize at the 6th Missouri Southern International Piano Competition in 1996. Since then, he has been honoured at various state, national, and international competitions, including the Phoenix Symphony Guilds Competition (USA) 1997, 3rd Horowitz International Piano Competition (Kiev, Ukraine) 1999, and MTNA Chamber Music Competition (USA) 2002. He has performed in many prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall in New York, Rose Hall of Lincoln Centre, Sprague Hall and Woolsey Hall of Yale University, and Paul Hall of Julliard School.

As a chamber musician, Jian has featured alongside many other world-class musicians, such as cellist Jian Wang, clarinetist David Shifrin, flutist Ransom Wilson, Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist Alexandre Lecarme, and Yale Department of Music violinist Sarita Kwok. In 2011, he performed four concerts with violinist Martin Riseley and flutist Alexa Still in Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Nelson, and Invercargill.

As an educator, Jian has given masterclasses and lectures at the Central Conservatory of Music and Qingdao University in China, as well as at Wellesley College, East Carolina University, and Yale University in the United States. From 2008 to 2010, he served as the faculty collaborative pianist at the Yale School of Music, and appointed as an instructor at Yale Department of Music. Jian earned his Bachelor of Music in Piano and Bachelor of Science in Business from Arizona State University, as well as both Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts from Yale School of Music. He is currently finishing his Doctor of Musical Arts at Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Claude Frank.








Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 17:07