Award-winning pianist Kate Liu performs at Fairfield University’s Lawrence A. Wien Experimental Theatre, located in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, on Sunday, Jan. 27, 3 p.m. The concert is part of the Quick Center’s Young Artists Series and is presented in association with The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. Admission is free and open to the public.
Liu was born in Singapore in 1994 and began playing the piano when she was 4. She moved to the United States with her family when she was 8. She won the Illinois Junior Music Teachers National Association Competition in 2007 and 2008 and both the junior and senior divisions of the Chicago Steinway Competition in 2006 and 2007, respectively, and performed on the Young Steinway Concert Series in 2007. In 2008, Liu won second prize in the International Institute for Young Musicians Competition, and received honors in the regionals of the Junior MTNA Competition.
In 2010, at the age of 16, she won First Prize at the fifth New York International Piano Competition. She was also the prize winner for Best Performance of the Required Contemporary Work by Avner Dorman. Liu was a scholarship recipient and student of the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy program for gifted pre-college musicians.
She was also featured on WTTW Chicago’s Tonight show. Following an audition held by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Liu was chosen to perform with the pianist Lang Lang and also to participate in his master class. In 2008, she played two concerts with Lang Lang at the Symphony Center in Chicago, and also performed a live recital on WFMT radio’s Introductions Program.
In March of 2009, she traveled with the Music Institute of Chicago to perform at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. In October 2009, she won the junior division of the Louisiana International Piano Competition. In July, 2010 she performed with the Cleveland Orchestra as a finalist of the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Competition, receiving third prize.
Liu has performed with the Skokie Symphony Orchestra in Illinois, and in New York at Temple Emanu-El, the Ossining Public Library, The Park Avenue Christian Church and the Bohemian Club. Liu is the recipient of a scholarship from the Chopin Foundation of the United States and has also been featured on NPR’s From the Top.
Liu entered Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in the fall of 2012 to begin her undergraduate studies with Robert McDonald.
For more information, call the Quick Center box office at 203-254-4010 or 1-877-ARTS-396 or visit quickcenter.com.