Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu
Position: Associate Professor (piano)
Address: 1059 Moore Musical Arts Center
With a wide-ranging repertoire, pianist Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu has enjoyed an active career as a soloist and collaborator in venues across three continents. A dedicated performer of new music, Ms. Liu has performed music by many composers of our time, including the Lutoslawski Piano Concerto with Ossia, Steve Reich’s The Desert Music and Tehillim with Alarm Will Sound, andMeandering River for solo piano by Robert Morris (which is dedicated to her). With AWS Ms. Liu has recorded two CDs of Reich’s major works, and a recording of Meandering River has been released by Albany Records. In addition, Ms. Liu premiered Gregory Mertl’s Piano Concerto with the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, conducted by Craig Kirchhoff in November 2011. Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, this concerto was written for Ms. Liu and the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble and she will be recording it for INNOVA Records in 2012.
Ms. Liu’s 2010 release, The Pleasure-Dome of Kubla Khan: Piano Works of Charles Tomlinson Griffes (Centaur), was praised as having, “excellent sound, sensitivity and beguiling color” by the American Record Guide and as “a labor of love” by the Atlanta Audio-Video Club. Of it, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote, “This is an excellent recording. Liu has done justice to this sometimes overlooked body of work with her playing, as she pays tribute to a unique and evocative composer.”
Ms. Liu has concertized extensively during the past several years. Major performances include Ravel’s Concerto in G Major with Taipei Metropolitan Orchestra, a collaborative recital with Paul Merkelo, Principal Trumpet of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, solo recitals at Taiwan’s National Concert Hall, the Goethe Center in Bangkok, the Central Conservatory in Beijing, the Thailand International Mozart Festival, and a chamber concert with new music ensemble Open Gate at Carnegie Hall. Her 2011-12 performances include concerts with BGSU trumpet professor Charles Saenz at the Fifth International Trumpet Festival in Shenyang, China, recital tours in eight states in the US, and concerts and master classes in Romania, where she will be one of the featured guest artists at the 2012 Romanian-American Music Festival in Bistrita.
Ms. Liu is Assistant Professor of Piano at the College of Musical Arts, Bowling Green State University. In addition to her dedication to her students at BGSU, Ms. Liu maintains a vigorous schedule as a guest teacher and as an adjudicator at major conservatories and competitions, among them the Central Conservatory in Beijing, the Central Conservatory Piano School in Gulangyu, Xiamen, National Taiwan Normal University, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, the University of Minnesota, the First Thailand International Mozart Competition and the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Ms. Liu holds a doctoral degree in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Alan Feinberg, Douglas Humpherys and Elizabeth DiFelice.