Solungga Liu Celebrates Major CD Release with the U of Minnesota Wind Ensemble
The highly respected independent label Bridge Records has just announced the release of an album featuring Solungga Liu, Associate Professor of Piano, in a CD of virtuosic works for wind ensemble by Gregory Mertl, performed by the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble. The disc, BRIDGE 9489, came out on May 2, 2017.
She is the soloist in central work on the CD, Mertl’s Piano Concerto. It was commissioned by the prestigious Barlow Endowment specifically for her, the wind ensemble and its esteemed conductor, Craig Kirchhoff.
Dr. Liu premiered and recorded this concerto at the Ted Mann Hall, University of Minnesota under the baton of Craig Kirchhoff. It represents a monumental collaboration between her, the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, the composer and Craig Kirchhoff and is a significant new contribution to the piano concerto repertoire.