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Tong Liu, M.M. Piano Performance and Pedagogy

A native of Harbin, China, pianist Tong Liu is on the rise to become a multifaceted musician. She is passionate about performing, teaching and being an art administrator. She was determined to pursue a career in music when she was commuting twelve hours on the train from Harbin to Beijing to take piano lessons. Since her education in America, she has appeared as both soloist and accompanist world-wide. Most recent performances include North Carolina, California, Idaho, Las Vegas, and Utah in United States; along with Luxembourg in Europe and major cities in China.  She will be premiering at Carnegie Hall in 2021. Ms. Liu has performed well in piano competitions including Musicians West Piano Competition and Idaho Federation of Music Competition. Tong was also the winner of the concerto competition at BYU-Idaho, where she performed Schumann A minor piano concerto with the BYUI Orchestra. As a scholarship receiver of Brevard Music Center Festival, Edward Auer summer workshop, and Vianden Music Festival; she had a chance to study with Craig Nies, Edward Auer, Junghwa Moon Auer, Nicolas Roth, Yoshi Akimoto, and Anthony Padilla. She is also an active performer for masterclasses, where she was critiqued by Paul Barnes, Asaf Zohar, Geoffrey Burleson, and Anton Nel to name a few.

As a member of Music Teachers National Association and Certified Teacher with Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada; Tong Liu not only maintains a busy performance schedule but also runs a successful piano studio. She has brought many performance opportunities to her students throughout the greater Salt Lake City area. Many of her students have participated in the Monster Concert at University of Utah, as well as benefit concerts based in Salt Lake City. Her students have performed well in Royal Conservatory of Music Exams and were invited to the Gala Concert. She held student recitals every year to encourage her students to perform for the audience. She does not limit her piano teaching to private settings. She also teaches group piano lessons for the University of Utah outreach program as well as online theory classes. As a judge, Tong had also judged for Idaho Music Teachers Association piano festivals and panel jury for Mundi Pathways where she works with talented young performers to bring piano recitals to various elementary schools in Salt Lake City and a virtual concert.  She enjoys teaching and hopes to share her passion of music through her knowledge and to change students’ perspective on music.
Tong Liu finished her Master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Utah where she was on scholarship. Before studying at the University of Utah, she completed her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with full-ride scholarship. She had also spent two years at California State University, Stanislaus. Her education in China included studying with Dr. Tong Bo, professor at Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.