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Pianist Xiaoya Liu has captured the imagination of worldwide audiences through her profound artistry, rock-solid technical mastery (Gramophone), and strong performances (BBC Music Magazine) as concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across Asia, Europe, and the United States. She has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Marquette Symphony Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, U-M Life Sciences Orchestra, and GSIM Festival Orchestra, and in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Hill Auditorium, Palazzo Biscari, Shanghai Concert Hall, Xiamen Hongtai Concert Hall, and Hangzhou Grand Theatre.
Xiaoya was a top prize-winner in the Sicily International Piano Competition, Wideman International Piano Competition, New York International Artists Piano Competition, WPTA Spain International Piano Competition, Paris Music Competition, Global Music Awards, Clouzine International Awards, The American Prize, Petrichor International Music Competition, Texas State International Piano Competition, GSIM Music Competition, and was the winner of both the PianoTexas Concerto Competition and the University of Michigan Concerto Competition, among others. She is a featured artist at the American Liszt Society and the Scriabin Society of America.
A recipient of full scholarships from prestigious music festivals worldwide, Xiaoya has worked alongside Yefim Bronfman, Stephen Hough, Leslie Howard, Dmitry Rachmanov, Pascal Rogé, Paul Schoenfeld, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Melvyn Tan, and conductors Miguel Harth-Bedo, Kenneth Kiesler, and Octavio Más-Arocas.
Xiaoya received a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, where she was honored with the Earl V. Moore Award for outstanding achievement. She holds two Master's degrees (in Piano Performance and Literature, and in Piano Chamber Music, respectively) from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor's (Honors) degree in Piano Performance from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music - National University of Singapore. Her primary mentors have included Christopher Harding, Natalya Antonova, Enrico Elisi, and Thomas Hecht.
She has served as a Distinguished Instructor of the TSP International Piano Open Competition, a faculty member at the Texas State International Piano Festival, a guest artist at Northern Michigan University, and a guest professor at the upcoming International Piano Island Festival.
Xiaoya is a recording artist for Dynamic and Centaur Records. Her latest albums, "World Premiere Recording - Carl Vine Complete Piano Sonatas" and "The Forgotten," received rave reviews from top reviewers around the world, including Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, International Piano, American Record Guide, and Fanfare.