Tianyu Liu Violin and Piano Recital
24 May 2019, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Tianyu Liu, violin
Shao Suan Low, piano
Beethoven piano and violin sonata No.7, op.30
Tchaikovsky violin concerto, op.35
Waxman "Carmen Fantasy"
Grand prize winner of the 2018 Ronald Sachs International Music Competition in North Carolina and a College of Charleston sophomore music major, Tianyu Liu recently made his American debut at the Bruno Walter auditorium in Lincoln Center with the Waxman Carmen Fantasy, one of his favorite concert pieces.
Most recently, the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand announced that after a rigorous first round of auditions, Liu has been selected as one of 16 quarter finalists in it's competition. This competition is sought after by promising young artists worldwide. Competing with Liu in May/June 2019 will be students from major conservatories including, Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, as well as those in Vienna, Berlin and across the world.
A long way from home, this native of Wuhan, a major Chinese metropolis known as “the Chicago of China”, Tianyu accepted a scholarship to pursue his undergraduate studies in violin with Professor Siow at the College of Charleston in 2017. Prof Siow talent spotted him when she was a visiting professor in Soochow University in Suzhou, China in 2013. She was so moved by his love for music and his talent that she invited him to study with her at College of Charleston when she returned to the States.
Ever since, Liu has been making great strides towards his dream of becoming a concert violinist. In 2016, under the mentorship of violin professor Lee-Chin Siow, he went on to win the 1st Prize and the Best Paganini Prize in the Cremona International Competition for Strings in Italy. Career highlights include a solo performance of Paganini Caprice in the Museo del Violino in Cremono, Handel-Halvorsen’s Passacaglia for Two Violins with Professor Siow in the 2014 Jinji Lake Arts Festival presented by the Suzhou Arts and Cultural Center in China, and as soloist performing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Wuhan Conservatory Orchestra. In the summer of 2017, the US Consul General in Wuhan invited Tianyu to give a solo performance of the U.S. National Anthem at the 241st Independence Day celebrations graced by government leaders, officials, and 400 of their most important contacts around Central China. In an appreciation letter, US Consul-General Zadrozny praised that “Tianyu Liu’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner was especially touching.”
Liu is a recipient of the Marion and Wayland H. Cato, Jr. Endowed Scholarship for the School of the Arts, the Lee Harwood Scholarship in Music and the Reba Kinne Huge Award in Music. Recently, Liu performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the College of Charleston Orchestra.
LOW Shao Suan is a pianist, accompanist, composer, songwriter and music arranger from Singapore. A graduate of the famed École Normale de Musique de Paris in France, she has performed as soloist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO), the Singapore Festival Orchestra, the European Baroque Ensemble in Portugal, and the Hunan Symphony Orchestra in China. In July 2012, her CD recording of Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals with the SSO was released. For more information about pianist Shao Suan Low, please visit her website at www.lowshaosuan.com.
Thanks to photographer Heather Moran for providing the great photos.
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