Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 3:00 PM
MOZART Sonata in A minor, K. 310
BRAHMS 4 Ballades, Op. 10
CHOPIN 2 Nocturnes, Op. 62: no. 1 in B Major &
no. 2 in E Major
SCRIABIN Sonata No. 3 in F-sharp minor, Op. 23
22-year old Kate Liu gained widespread attention in October of 2015 by winning the Bronze Medal and Best Mazurka Prize at the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. Her fleet-fingered, highly-nuanced playing displays the natural flow and poetic grace essential to Chopin's music, but she clearly excels in the music of many other composers as well. Originally from Singapore, Kate began her piano studies there in the gifted young artists program of the Yamaha Music School. When she was 8, her family moved to Chicago and she entered the program for exceptional young artists at the Music Institute of Chicago. Her teachers there were Emilio Del Rosario, Micah Yui, and Alan Chow. A highlight of her early teens was performing Schubert's four-hand Fantasy with Lang Lang at the Chicago Symphony Center. Prior to winning the Bronze in Warsaw, Kate had collected top prizes in many other competitions, including the Eastman, Hilton Head, Thomas and Evon Cooper, and the 2010 New York International Piano Competition, among others. She was also a finalist in the 'Big Break YouTube' contest co-sponsored by 'From the Top' and Carnegie Hall. Most recently, she was named a 2016-17 Classical Fellowship Awards Finalist by the American Pianists Association. Her post-Warsaw schedule has been busy, with concerts in Taiwan and Poland in the spring of 2016, Singapore and China in July, and Denmark and Poland again in August. Since 2012, Kate has studied with Robert McDonald at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.
[Kate Liu's recital at the Phillips Collection] "confirmed a burgeoning talent and a musical poise well beyond her years. She is already a pianist worth leaving home to hear."
- Washington Post
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