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Xi-Yan Liu

As an artist engaged in an emerging cultural crossroad, classical cellist, Liu has brought audiences “into a marvelous dream night with traditional Chinese music and western harmony…” (Southern Metropolis Daily, China).


With a passion for connecting people from different cultures through music, Liu has worked with several major music organizations, including The Great Wall Music Festival (China), the Guangzhou Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum (China), and the Unbound Chamber Music Festival (US). His project for the Cultural Heritage Museum involved a concert titled "The Two Strings," which was a collaboration with a traditional GuQin (string instrument) performer. In the summer of 2020, Liu also held a series of three online courses for an event hosted by the Southern Metropolis Daily to benefit individual teenagers seeking knowledge of Western classical music history. 


Liu's performances have been held at venues such as the Wuhan Music Conservatory Grand Chime Concert Hall, the Idyllwild William M. Lowman Concert Hall, the Chamber Music Festival in Mammoth Lake, as well as Bloomington's Music Arts Center, Ford Hall, Auer Hall, and the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. He has also had the opportunity to work and study with many great cellists, including Yeesun Kim, Thomas Loewenheim, Bion Tsung, Thomas Landschoot, and Anthony Ross. 


Liu's career began when he attended the Idyllwild Arts Academy under the guidance of Yao Zhao, who is the principal cellist of the San Diego Symphony. Later, he completed his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the Jacobs School of Music with Professor Emilio Colon. Currently, he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in cello performance at the UNT College of Music.

Director of Winds and Percussion Department

​Syos Music Products Artist

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