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, the Round Rock Symphony, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the GSIM Festival Orchestra and in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Hill Auditorium, Palazzo Biscari, and Shanghai Concert Hall. Her recent performances have been broadcasted on True Art TV and Classical Radio WAUS 90.7 FM.
Engagements next season include concerto performances of Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto and the Florence Price Piano Concerto with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and the Life Sciences Orchestra, along with a performance at the American Liszt Society Festival.
Xiaoya has received First Prize and Special 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, Silver and Excellence Award in the Asian Youth Music Competition, along with First Prize and Patrick W. Price Special Prize in the Texas State International Piano Festival, where she is appointed as the Rising Faculty Star in its 2022 edition.
Xiaoya has also 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 Bachelor’s (Honors) degree in Piano Performance from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music – National University of Singapore where she studied with Thomas Hecht, a 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 received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan, studying with Christopher Harding with a concurrent second Master’s degree 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 CD album of Carl Vine Complete Four Piano Sonatas will be released worldwide under Dynamic in 2022.