"An exceptional pianist […] the finesse, power and expressiveness she displays in these recordings is phenomenal.”  - Carl Vine



Pianist Xiaoya Liu has captured the imagination of worldwide audiences through her profound artistry and charismatic performances 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, U-M Life Sciences Orchestra, GSIM Festival Orchestra, and in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Hill Auditorium, Palazzo Biscari, 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, The American Prize, and the Winner of both PianoTexas Concerto Competition and the University of Michigan Concerto Competition, among others. She is a featured artist at Crystal Valley Concert Series and the American Liszt Society Festival. Her performances have been broadcast over the U.S. national TV and radio stations.


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 in Piano Performance with a concurrent Master's degree in Piano Chamber Music from the University of Michigan, where she was honored with the Earl V. Moore Award for her outstanding achievements. She holds a Master's and Bachelor's (Honors) degree in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. Her mentors include Christopher Harding, Natalya Antonova, Enrico Elisi, and Thomas Hecht.


A recording artist for Dynamic and Centaur. Xiaoya's album Carl Vine Complete Piano Sonatas (World Premiere Recording) is released on Dynamic and distributed worldwide by Naxos.