Position: Associate Professor (piano)
Address: 1059 Moore Musical Arts Center
With a wide-ranging repertoire, pianist Solungga Liu has enjoyed an active career as a soloist and collaborator across five continents. A dedicated performer of new music, 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, Meandering River and Three Braided-River for solo piano by Robert Morris (both are dedicated to her), and Aaron Travers’s Concierto di Milonga, written for her and the Indiana University New Music Ensemble. With AWS Liu has recorded two CDs of Reich’s major works, and a recording of Meandering River has been released by Albany Records. In addition, Liu premiered Gregory Mertl’s Piano Concerto with the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble, conducted by Craig Kirchhoff. Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, this concerto was written for Liu and the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble. A CD of this concerto has been released in May 2017 through Bridge Records.
Liu’s reputation as an interpreter of Charles Griffes (1884-1920) has led to her invitation to the prestigious Concerts from the Library of Congress. She performs a solo recital during the 2017-18 season which includes the World Premiere of Les parfums de la nuit, Griffes’s 1915 piano arrangement of Debussy’s orchestral work, a special request by the Library of Congress.
Liu’s solo album, 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 “thoughtful interpretations” by the prestigious Clavier Companion. 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.”
Liu has concertized throughout the globe, including the USA, Canada, Austria, Australia, Romania, Brazil, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong. Her major performances include a solo recital at the 2017-18 Library of Congress Concert Series, Ravel’s Concerto in G Major with the Taipei Metropolitan 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 recent performances include recital tours in ten states in the US, Canada, Brazil, Thailand, Australia and China, concerto performances with the Indiana University New Music Ensemble and members of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra/Choral Society, a guest performance at the Atlantic Music Festival, and a guest artist piano recital at the prestigious MUBE Concert Series in Sao Paolo, Brazil, organized by the National Brazilian Museum of Sculpture.
Liu is Associate Professor of Piano at the College of Musical Arts, Bowling Green State University. In addition to her dedication to her students at BGSU, Liu maintains a vigorous schedule as a guest artist teacher and as an adjudicator at major international conservatories and competitions, among them the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, National Taiwan Normal University, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, the University of Tasmania in Australia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, the First Thailand International Mozart Competition and the Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition. Within the US, she has also presented master classes and lectures at numerous venues, among them the Eastman School of Music, the Providence Keyboard Festival, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Virginia Tech, and the University of Minnesota.
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.