With PITA & THE WOLF screaming into a sellout, lets take a closer look at our following concert SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE and specifically its special guest Pianist Lecturer Dr Jian Liu.
Chinese-American pianist Jian Liu, Lecturer in Piano at Te Kōkī, New Zealand School of Music, is a highly sought-after solo pianist, chamber musician, and educator. He has appeared on concert stages in China, Japan, Singapore, Portugal, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United States and New Zealand, and with symphony orchestras in Europe and USA.
Jian Liu’s performances have been broadcasted by various TV and radio stations including KPHO (CBS) in Phoenix, Arizona, CCTV in China, Suisse Romande Radio in Switzerland, and Radio NZ Concert in New Zealand. Phoenix New Times praised his playing as “if his life, and yours, depends upon his perfect execution”. Marlborough Express commended that “he challenged the audience to let their emotions ride with the sounds.” In 2012, Jian Liu was a guest artist for the New Zealand International Piano Festival in Auckland and undertook a 10-concert national concert tour for Chamber Music New Zealand. In 2013, he has performed the complete Debussy Etudes in both Wellington and Auckland.
At age 12, Jian Liu was accepted at the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He moved to the United States when he was 15, and promptly won first place at the 6th Missouri Southern International Competition in 1996. Since then, Jian Liu 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 Center, Sprague Hall and Woolsey Hall of Yale University, Paul Hall of Juilliard School, and Recital Hall of Sydney Conservatorium.
As a chamber musician, Jian Liu has featured alongside 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, represented by Chamber Music New Zealand, he toured with violinist Martin Riseley and flutist Alexa Still in major centres in New Zealand. Together with violinist Martin Riseley and cellist Inbal Megiddo, Jian Liu formed the Te Kōkī Trio. Recently, the trio has performed concerts in New Zealand, Singapore and Sydney, Australia.
As an educator, Jian Liu was appointed the honorary professorship at the Qingdao University in 2012, and has given masterclasses and lectures at the Central Conservatory of Music in China, School of the Arts in Singapore, Sydney Conservatorium in Australia, 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. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Piano and Bachelor of Science in Business from Arizona State University, as well as Master of Music, Master of Musical Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts from Yale School of Music, under the tutelage of Claude Frank.
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