Jian Liu has is a highly sought and admired after pianist, chamber musician, and educator. His artistry has taken him to some of the most prestigious concert halls throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. His performances have been broadcast across the world, and he has also performed with some of the world’s finest musicians, including cellist Jian Wang, clarinetist David Shifrin, flutist Ransom Wilson, Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist Alexandre Lecarme, violinist Sarita Kwok, and pianists Boris Berman and Maria João Pires.
Jian holds Master of Music, Doctor and Master of Musical Arts degrees from Yale School of Music, where he was a student of Claude Frank. A dedicated and enthusiastic chamber musician, he is the founding pianist of Te Kōkī Trio, the resident trio at New Zealand School of Music, and has performed at various chamber music events in Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.
Jian’s passion for music also informs his commitment to teaching. He served for four years on the faculty of the Yale Department of Music, and he is currently the Head of Piano Studies at New Zealand School of music, as well as the honorary piano professor at Qingdao University in China. He has taught master classes and lectures at the Central Conservatory of Music (China), Wellesley College and East Carolina University (USA), Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and School of the Arts (Singapore), and the Sydney Conservatorium among others.
Jian has appeared on a number of Rattle releases, notably Te Koki Trio’s 2017 Classical Artist of the year finalist Debussy, Beethoven Cello Sonatas Vol 1 with Inbal Megiddo, the Jack Body curated David Farqhuar album Ring Round the Moon, and Rail 16 for Dave Lisik.