Yang Liu


Yang Liu, violinist ...
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World-class Violinist!


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Prize Winner at the:  "12th International Tchaikovsky Violin Competition" - Moscow.


Yang Liu - Violinist BIOGRAPHY:

Yang Liu has established himself as the most important Chinese violinist of his generation. As a former first-prize winner of China's National Violin Competition, he was a Starling Scholarship student  at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Mr. Liu was born in Qingdao, People's Republic of China in 1976. At age nine he was accepted into the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing as a student of the renowned Professor Yao-Ji Lin. At age ten he received an invitation to play Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen vvith the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo. Mr. Liu performed Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in a nationally televised live concerto with the Central Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing, and has performed as soloist with the Shanghai Philharmonic and the Orchester der Nationen in Germany.
His Concert tours have led him to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Poland, Russia, Greece and Egypt. Yang has also appeared frequentIy as soloist with the "Starling Chamber Orchestra", most recentIy during the SCO's two tours to his homeland, China. Liu Yang's debut recording Song of Nostalgia was released this year - to critica! acclaim. The disc represents the soloist's broad interests, including both traditional Chinese songs and some of the most difficult repertoire ever written for the violin. Yang's long-standing collaboration with Chinese composer and pianist Gao Ping continues on this disc which features a new work by the composer.

Yan Liu at the University of Cincinnati.
(Mike Simons photo)
Mr. Liu is presently a Professor of Violin, at Roosevelt University,
College of Performing Arts (since the Fall of 2004 - Chicago).  link

Yang Liu - Violinist REPERTOIRE (sampler):
Bach · Concerto 1, 2 (double concerto for 2 violins)
Bach - Chaconne
Beethoven · Concerto-Romance
Beethoven - Violin Concerto in D-Maj, Op 61
Brahms ·· Violin Concerto  
Bruch · Concerto
Dvorak · Concerto
Haydn · Concerto
Khachaturian · Concerto
Mendelssohn · Concerto Op. 64
Mozart · Concertos 3, 4, 5
Nielsen · Concerto
Paganini · Concerto 1, 2
Prokofiev · Concerto1, 2
Shostakovich · Concerto 1
Sibelius · Concerto
Tchaikovsky · Concerto
Vivaldi · Vier Jaargetijden, Concerto for 4 violins
Wieniawski · Concerto 1, 2
Yang Liu - Violinist COMMENTS:
· Yang Liu playing a (ca. 1640) Amati " violin (for the Stradivari Society Chicago) ...

Yang Liu speaks to the heart of humanity through the violin -- with the most 'seeringly' direct language of emotion and intellect that I have ever heard..." -
S.Quinn (Professional Violinist - metro Chicago area)

· Yang Liu plays Paganini's 1st violin concerto ...

Yang Liu, a 24 year old (ca 2002) Chinese violinist, played Paganini's first violin concerto.  Unbelievable!  The piece is full of virtuoso fireworks.  Yang, elegant in a black silk suit was almost impossibly composed through the whole thing.  Near the end of the 3rd movement, in a series of left-handed pizzicato flurries that Paganini invented as a showpiece, he broke a string.  Finishing a run, he turned to the concertmaster, traded violins and finished the piece playing with incredible accuracy on a borrowed violin. The concerts here were Yang Liu's first in North America.  He is amazing and will certainly be playing to rave reviews.  We're quite lucky to have seen him!" - J. Peterson (Way Nu)

Yang Liu - Violinist CD's & PUBLICATIONS:

Song of Nostalgia, performed by Yang Liu


Song of Nostalgia was the debut recording from Yang Liu. A prize-winner in the Twelfth International Tchaikovsky Violin Competition in Moscow, Yang is quickly becoming known as one of the most important Chinese violinists of his generation. A first-prize winner of China's National Violin Competition, he was a Starling scholarship of Dorothy DeLay and Kurt Sassmannshaus at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
(released 2001)

Yang Liu - Violinist AWARDS & PRIZES:
Recipient of the "Lady Tennant" Stradivarius, ca. 1699, (Stradivari Society of Chicago).
Recipient of a Nicolo Amati violin, ca. 1640, through the Stradivari Society of Chicago
Twelfth International Tchaikovsky Violin Competition Prize Winner - 2002
China National Violin Competition First Prize

Yang Liu - Violinist RADIO BROADCASTS:

WFCR - link

Yang Liu - Violinist PHOTO GALLERY:
Beethoven's "Violin Concerto" with the Highland Park Strings -
HPS link
LVB-VC Concert
(several web-pages - 40 photos)
Portait - promo for concert with the Highland Park Strings

Portrait (color)
Recital at "PianoForte Pianos", of Chicago -
Yang Liu and Sponsors
Portrait (black & white - Yang Liu & violin

Portrait (black & white) (540K)
Starling Scholarship - University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (610K) 
Starling Project Foundation
(reproduction of letter)

Yang Liu - Violinist ANTIQUE  VIOLIN by "Antonio Stradivari" - (fabricated, ca 1699)
"The Lady Tennant" Stradivarius

This famous violin (click on the photo to learn more) was presented to Yang Liu through the auspices of the "Stradivari Society" of Chicago (ca. June 2005):  link

Yang Liu - Violinist ANTIQUE  VIOLIN by "Niccolò Amati" - (fabricated, ca 1640):

This violin was presented (loaned) to Yang Liu through the auspices of the "Stradivari Society" of Chicago (ca. February 2004):  link
 Anno 1596,  September 3rd - Nicolò Amati (d.1684), Italian violin  maker, was born.    He was the grandson of violin maker Andrea Amati and taught both, Antonio Stradivari ... and Andrea Guarneri.

Yang Liu - Violinist DOWNLOADS  (MP3 - Music Samples - Discography):
Downloadable MP3 music tracks - link
Yang Liu - Violinist SELECTED INTERNET LINKS (Yang Liu in the "electronic" Press):
Atlanta Symphony - link
Bein & Fushi, Chicago - link 
Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music - link  
Cincinnati "Enquirer" - link
Cincinnati "Enquirer" - link

Cincinnati "Post" - link    
City Beat (Cincinnati) - link
Saint Luis Symphony - link
Starling Chamber Orchestra - link
The Cincinnati "Post" - link
The Stradivari Society - link
University of Cincinnati - link
Way Nu (Jonathan Peterson) - link
Nota bene:   Although we cannot promise that you will always receive a personal reply from Mr. Yang Liu,  he does have direct-access to this e-mail account during his travels...  and he does enjoy reading feedback from audiences from around the World (kindly correspond in English or in Chinese only) .  



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