Dr. Vivian Liu
- University of Southern California, Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance
Dr. Vivian I-Miao Liu, a native of Taiwan, is a versatile collaborative pianist and coach. She has worked with the Intimate Opera, Long Beach Opera, Opera Idaho, Opera Pacific, Sun Valley Opera, Classical Singers Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Wagner Society of Southern California, Boys Choir of Harlem, Bakersfield Symphony, Calico Winds, California Quartet, Mládí Chamber Orchestra, Pokorny Low Brass Seminar, Pacific Symphony, Redlands Bowl, Riverside Philharmonic, and LA Music Center's Education Program. She has played auditions for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Pacific Coast Opera. She has participated in the Aspen Opera Center, and Tyrolean Opera Program in Austria as a fellowship pianist.
On the concert stage, Dr. Liu has collaborated with musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Vienna Philharmonic, as well as singers from the Baltimore Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Los Angeles Opera, Metropolitan Opera, and New York City Opera. She has performed internationally in Taiwan, Russia, Austria and the U.S., and has appeared on the radio and television. In 1998, she made a concert tour as a Young Artist winner of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan. In 2002, she gave her Carnegie Hall debut as a chamber music award recipient of Artists International. In 2012, she played a tuba recital with Gene Pokorny (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) at the University of Redlands, then a voice recital with mezzo soprano Milena Kitic at the Music Teachers’ Association of California Conference in San Diego. In 2013, she will be involved at the International Double Reed Society Conference.
Dr. Liu received a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music in keyboard collaborative arts from the University of Southern California, a Master of Music in piano from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in piano from the National Institute of the Arts in Taiwan. She is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda national music honor society. Her teachers include Kevin Fitz-Gerald and Alan Smith at USC, Martin Katz and Graham Johnson at Songfest, Marc Silverman and John Forconi at MSM. With her passion for vocal repertoire, she has reading and diction knowledge of French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian as well as Latin diction.
Dr. Liu has served on the faculty for the Songfest's Young Artist Program, Intimate Opera Company's Summer Youth Vocal Workshop, and LA Opera Camp. She has served as a staff accompanist at the Manhattan School of Music as well as an opera coach at the USC, Azusa Pacific University, and University of Redlands. She has given lectures at the Graduate Institute of Collaborative Piano at the Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan. Currently she is on the faculty at the Chapman University. In addition, she is the principal rehearsal pianist with the National Children's Chorus. Since 2006, she works closely with the Los Angeles Opera's Education Program, performing many concert tours for thousands of children in Southern California.