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 with orchestras such as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Marquette Symphony Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, GSIM Festival Orchestra, Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra, and in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Hill Auditorium, Palazzo Biscari, Shenzhen Concert Hall, Hangzhou Grand Theatre, and Shanghai Concert Hall.
She 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, PianoTexas Concerto Competition, and American Prize, among others.
A recipient of full scholarships from prestigious music festivals worldwide, Liu has worked alongside such artists as Yefim Bronfman, Stephen Hough, Leslie Howard, Pascal Rogé, Paul Schoenfeld, Melvyn Tan, and conductors Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Kenneth Kiesler, and Octavio Más-Arocas.
Xiaoya received a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, where she was honored with the Earl V. Moore Award for her exceptional achievement. She holds two Master’s degrees (Piano Performance, Piano Chamber Music, respectively) from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan, where she served as the Graduate Student Instructor in Piano. She attained her Bachelor's (Honours) 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.
Xiaoya is a Voting Member of the prestigious Grammy Awards committee, a jury member of several international piano competitions, the Artist Ambassador of the Sicily International Piano Festival, the guest faculty/artist of the Texas State International Piano Festival, Northern Michigan University, the International Piano Island Festival.
A recording artist for Dynamic and Centaur Records, her latest album "World Premiére Recording - Carl Vine Complete Piano Sonatas" captured rave reviews from the world’s top music critics Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, and International Piano.