Pianist Xiaoya Liu has captured the imagination of worldwide audiences through her profound interpretations and charismatic performances as concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Having made her solo recital debut at age nine, Xiaoya has appeared extensively in Asia, Europe, and across the United States with orchestras such as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Round Rock Symphony, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and the GSIM Festival Orchestra and in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Palazzo Biscari, and Shanghai Concert Hall. Engagements this season include concerto performance with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and chamber showcase at the American Liszt Society Conference.

Xiaoya has received First Prize in the Sicily International Piano Competition, Silver Medal in the Wideman International Piano Competition, First Prize (John F. Kennedy Center Debut Prize) and Concerto Prize in the GSIM Music Competition, Winner of both PianoTexas Concerto Competition and the University of Michigan Concerto Competition, Second Prize in the New York International Artists Piano Competition, Laureate in the Paris International Music Competition, as well as both First Prize and Patrick W. Price Special Prize in the Texas State International Piano Festival.

She has received an array of full scholarships from prestigious music festivals worldwide and has worked alongside such artists as Yefim Bronfman, Stephen Hough, Leslie Howard, Pascal Rogé, Paul Schoenfeld, Melvyn Tan, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, and conductors Kenneth Kiesler and Miguel Harth-Bedo.

Xiaoya holds a BMus (Hons) in Piano Performance from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music - National University of Singapore where she studied with Thomas Hecht, a MMus in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music while holding a Graduate Award Assistantship, studying with Natalya Antonova and Enrico Elisi. She received her DMA in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, studying with Christopher Harding with a concurrent second MMus in Piano Chamber Music.


In 2021, Xiaoya was awarded the Earl V. Moore Award, one of the highest honors given for outstanding achievement by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

Her album of Carl Vine Complete Four Piano Sonatas will be released under Dynamic in 2021.

Ms. Liu is generously sponsored by Mr. Patrick W. Price