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 Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the Round Rock Symphony, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and the GSIM Festival Orchestra in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Palazzo Biscari, and Shanghai Concert Hall.
Engagements next season include concerto performances with the Central Texas Philharmonic and the Marquette Symphony Orchestra.
An award-winning pianist, Xiaoya has received Grand Prix and Special Prize in the Sicily International Piano Competition, Silver Medal in the 69th Wideman International Piano Competition, First Prize – John F. Kennedy Center Debut Prize and Concerto Prize in the GSIM Music Competition, First Prize in the Marquette Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Winner of both PianoTexas Concerto Competition and the University of Michigan Concerto Competition, Second Prize in the New York International Artists Piano Competition, First Prize in the Michigan MTNA Piano Competition, and Laureate in the Paris Music Competition. She was also a top prizewinner in the Asian Youth Music Competition, the Brancaleoni International Online Piano Competition, the Chautauqua International Piano Competition, the Briggs Chamber Music Competition, and the Dickinson Piano Competition in USA.
Xiaoya has received full scholarships from top festivals such as PianoTexas and the Chautauqua Institution, the highest scholarship from the Sicily International Piano Festival, the Classical Artists Development Foundation Grant, and the YSTCM Artistic Development Grant, which enabled her to participate in the prestigious International Holland Music Sessions in Bergen, where she studied with Boris Berman.
Renowned artists she has worked under include Yefim Bronfman, Stephen Hough, Leslie Howard, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Pascal Rogé, Dmitry Rachmanov, Melvyn Tan, Julian Martin, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Paul Schoenfeld, Martin Katz, and conductors Kenneth Kiesler and Miguel Harth-Bedoya, among others.
Xiaoya gained her Bachelor’s (Honors) degree in Piano Performance on full scholarship at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music where she studied with Thomas Hecht. She subsequently received her Master’s degree 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 is currently completing a DMA in Piano Performance at the University of Michigan on full scholarship, studying with Christopher Harding with a concurrent second Master’s degree in Piano Chamber Music.
Xiaoya will record the Carl Vine Complete Four Piano Sonatas under the renowned label Dynamic in 2021.