Sheng-Wen Liu, Cello
One of the most sought after cellists in Taiwan, Dr. Sheng-Wen Liu began her musical training in Taiwan, playing piano and cello simultaneously, and excelled in both instruments from early on. After winning top prizes on both instruments in the National Taiwan Music Competition, and participated in the Aspen Music Festival where she studied piano with John Perry, she continued her study abroad at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore on the Evergreen Scholarship. At Peabody she was under the tutorage of the renowned American cellist Stephen Kates (silver medalist of the 1966 International Tchaikovsky Competition), also studied the piano with Lillian Freundlich and Yoheved Kaplinsky, chamber music with Earl Carlyss, baroque cello with Ann Morgan and Webb Wiggins, obtaining her BM in both piano and cello performances. In 2000, she became the first Taiwanese cellist to have received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Peabody. After graduation, Dr. Liu moved to San Francisco and stayed there for five years, giving frequent concerts throughout the Bay area, and taught at The Music School in Sunnyvale.
By studying with Professor Stephen Kates for ten years, Dr. Liu inherited the artistic nuances passed on from the great cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, combined with her own training in piano, she therefore developed a unique musical personality. She has participated in master classes with cellists Mstislav Rostropovich, Lorne Monroe, and pianists Fou T’song, Oxana Yablonskaya, among others. Having performed extensively as a cellist and a pianist in recitals in the U.S. and around Taiwan, Dr. Liu has also appeared as a concerto soloist with the San Francisco Civic Symphony, NTUA String Orchestra (Taiwan) and the NTUA Symphony Orchestra.
Since returning to Taiwan, Dr. Liu has embarked on a busy schedule of performing and teaching. An avid concert artist, she regularly gives recitals, chamber music and orchestral concerts throughout Taiwan. She is now the principal cellist in YingQi Orchestra and the cellist of the Orpheus Trio. As an educator, she is currently the assistant professor in cello in the Department of Music of National Taiwan University of Arts(NTUA), and has given numerous master classes in many schools, as well as being in the jury panel of many competitions such as the National Music Competition and the Macau Young Musicians Competition. On top of concertizing and teaching, Dr. Liu has also written many articles for the leading classical music magazine MUZIK, she was also the president of Taiwan Society of Healthy Performance Technique Promotion, and is now the Music Director of Mysterium Musicum.