Dr. Vivian Liu
- Office Location:
- Oliphant Hall
- 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, Songfest, Wagner Society of Southern California, Boys Choir of Harlem, Bakersfield Symphony, Calico Winds, California Quartet, Mládí Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Redlands Bowl, Riverside Philharmonic, and LA Music Center's Education Program. She has played auditions for the AIMS, 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 Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific 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 with soprano Jessica Rivera (LA Opera), cellist Yao Zhao (San Diego Symphony), and Calico Winds. In summer 2012, she performed with mezzo soprano Milena Kitic (LA Opera) at the Music Teachers’ Association of California Conference. In summer 2013, she performed separately with tubist Jeffrey Anderson (San Francisco Symphony), with oboist Yue Cheng (Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra), with English hornist Andrea Overturf (San Diego Symphony), with contrabassoonist Steven Braunstein (San Francisco Symphony), with tubist Gene Pokorny (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), and with trombonist Michael Mulcahy (CSO) at the Southwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, the International Double Reed Society Conference, and the Pokorny Low Brass Seminar at University of Redlands.
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.
As a staff pianist, Dr. Liu has worked at the Manhattan School of Music, University of Redlands, USC, Cal State Los Angeles, Azusa Pacific University, and Cal State Long Beach. She has given lectures at the Graduate Institute of Collaborative Piano at the Tainan National University of the Arts in Taiwan. As a judicator, she has been invited to judge chamber music and piano competitions at the MTAC and SYMF.
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.