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Music Teacher Education

Music Faculty

Yang Liu

Violin and Viola

Yang Liu’s playing has been praised as “scorching” by the New York Times and a “dazzling talent” by the Washington Post. Liu is the winner of China’s National Violin Competition and a prize winner of the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He has performed as a soloist with some of the world’s leading orchestras including Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Danish Royal Odense Philharmonic. His award-winning album Song of Nostalgia showcases his virtuosity and musicality. His repertoire ranges from baroque to the most contemporary works, and from western classical to eastern traditional.

An avid advocate of cultural exchange via classical music, he is a founder of the Yang & Olivia Foundation and Momento Virtuosi, a chamber ensemble of diverse ethnicity and instrumentation. He also performs with his wife, pianist I-Hsuan Tsai, in the duo Yang & Olivia.

Born in QingDao, China, Liu studied at Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, and the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati under Kurt Sassmannshaus and Dorothy Delay. Liu became an American citizen in 2014, under the extraordinary ability immigration program.

  • AM 111-412 Applied Violin
  • AM 111-412 Applied Viola
  • CE Honors Chamber String Ensemble
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