Violinist MIRANDA LIU (born November 1996) has been praised by audiences and critics alike for her "perfect" (Oberbayerisches Volksblatt), "brilliant" (Salzburger Nachrichten), and "amazing" (playliszt.reblog.hu) technique, as well as for the extraordinary quality of her musicianship. Her exceptional talent garners admiration from audiences internationally. The San Francisco Classical Voice proclaimed her magnificent performance of the Bartók Violin Concerto No. 2 as "one of the most coherent performances of the flinty solo part in this concerto that I've been fortunate enough to hear....with strength of line and a clear narrative voice." The San Mateo Daily Journalrecently raved, "Benjamin Britten's early and neglected Violin Concerto was the highlight of the concert. It was played so well that it was pretty much the highlight of Redwood Symphony's entire existence. Miranda Liu was the soloist...I've never heard a better performance of this concerto." Furthermore, her "wonderful" and "breathtaking" (New Jersey Arts Maven) performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons captivated a full house and beyond. Consistently lauded by professional musicians for her expressivity, deep musical insights, vast repertoire, and maturity of musicianship, she has firmly established herself among the most important young musicians performing today.
Ms. Liu has performed in hundreds of concerts as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the USA, Austria, Germany and Hungary, as well as for audiences in Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, and Switzerland. She performs regularly in prestigious concert halls such as: New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, Providence's Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Miami Beach's New World Center, Zagreb's Croatian Music Institute, Vilnius' National Philharmonic Hall, Bucharest's Radio Society Concert Hall, Budapest's Liszt Academy of Music, Santander's Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Vienna's Konzerthaus-Mozartsaal, Salzburg's Wiener Saal, Solitär, and Carabinierisaal, among many other venues. Her solo performances have been aired on radio, television and internet, in the USA, Austria, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia, Lithuania, Belgium, Spain and Czech Republic. Miranda has collaborated with conductors such as András Keller, Hamar Zsolt, Francisco Noya, Yukari Ishimoto, Yoon Jae Lee, Joshua Gersen, Eric Kujawsky, David Svec, David Itkin, Gergely Dubóczky, Elisabeth Fuchs, Wojciech Rajski, Modestas Barkauskas, Robert Butts, and Pál Farkas, and has performed as a soloist with the Concerto Budapest of Hungary, National Radio Orchestra of Romania, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonisches Orchester Budweis, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, Danube Symphony Orchestra Budapest, New World Symphony of Florida, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Philharmonie Salzburg, Orquestra de Cámara Galega, Ensemble de Cuerdas del Encuentro Santander, Váci Szimfonikus Zenekar, Anima Musicae Kamarazenekar, West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra, Neues Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Festival Chamber Orchestra of Balassagyarmat, Redwood Symphony, Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, Starling Chamber Orchestra Cincinnati, and the Old York Road Symphony, among others. A devoted chamber musician, Liu is a founding member of several ensembles, including: Duo Kromatikus (violin & piano), KLASSIK DUO Salzburg (violin & piano), and the Goldmark Piano Trio, which has performed in venues in Austria, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, and the USA. In September 2016, Miranda Liu was appointed Concertmaster of the esteemed Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra (founded in 1907), and has since led this exciting ensemble in numerous concerts in Hungary, Germany, China, Korea, and Taiwan.
The recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, she received 1st prize at the 2016 Wieniawski National Competition (Hungary), 1st prize at the 2016 Lima Symphony National Concerto Competition (Ohio), 1st prize, special prize for the "best performance of the required etude by the Croatian composer", and the prize of the "Absolute Winner of the Competition" at the 2015 International Young Virtuoso Competition (Zagreb), 1st prize at the 2015 Alexander and Buono International String Competition (New York), 1st prize and the special prize for the "best interpretation of a required work by a contemporary Hungarian composer" at the 2014 Ede Zathureczky Violin Competition (Budapest), Gold Medal at the 2014 Forte International Music Competition (New York), 1st prizes at the 2016 & 2013 International "Music without Borders" Competition (Hungary), 1st prize at the 2012 New World Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition (Florida), 1st prize at the 2011 Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition, 1st prize at the 2011 Las Vegas Philharmonic Young Artists' Competition, 1st prize at the 2009 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition (New York), 1st prize at the 2008 Old York Road Symphony Young Artist Competition (Pennsylvania), 1st prize at the 2005 Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra Youth in the Arts Competition (Pennsylvania), 2nd prize at the 2015 International Chamber Music Competition "Cameristi dell'Alpe-Adria" (Italy), 2nd prize at the 2014 New York International Artists Association Violin Competition, 2nd prize at the Enkor International Violin Competition 2014 (Bulgaria), and 2nd prize at the 2011 International Competition for Young String Soloists Bischofszell (Switzerland). She is the recipient of the prized 2015/16 Scholarship of the Republic of Hungary (Köztársasági Ösztöndíj), 2015 Ferenc Liszt Academy Foundation Scholarship, 2015/16 Bank of China Scholarship, 2014 & 2015 Friends of the Ferenc Liszt Academy Scholarship, and a 2015 YoungArts Foundation Winner (Florida).
Miranda has performed at numerous international music festivals and academies, including: Hallgatás Napja Festival Budapest, Festival Groba, Encuentro de Música y Academia de Santander, Sommercampus Rostock, International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, London Master Classes, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Meadowmount School of Music, Sommerakademie PragWienBudapest (isa), Musica Mundi Chamber Music Festival, "Music without Borders" Festival, Sommerakademie Biel, Summer Violin School Igor Ozim, Sommerakademie Mozarteum Salzburg, Salzburger Kammermusik Festival, Meisterkurs Weinheim, Meisterkurs Musikhochschule Mannheim, Meisterkurs Worms, IMAS Bückeburg Schloss, Carl Flesch Akademie Baden Baden, Litomysl String Master Class, Oberlin College Baroque Performance Institute, Music Academy of the West, Indiana University Summer String Academy, and the MTAC New Music Festival. She has attended master classes with established violinists, and has worked with among others, Ruggiero Ricci, Roman Nodel, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Zvi Zeitlin, Igor Oistrakh, Zakhar Bron, György Pauk, Liana Isakadze, Igor Ozim, Tanja Becker-Bender, Pierre Amoyal, Julia Fischer, and Gerhard Schulz. Moreover, numerous baroque master classes as well as chamber music master courses with musical personalities such as Miklós Perényi, András Keller, Péter Nagy, Ivry Gitlis, and Thomas Riebl all add to her musical knowledge. Her musical training also encompasses composing and conducting. She made her debut as a gifted young conductor in 2015, and her compositions have been performed in the past by the Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, Network for New Music, and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has worked with composers Günther Firlinger, László Tihanyi, and Roberto Pace.
Miranda Liu performs on a beautiful and rare Cremonese violin made c. 1676, by Nicoló Amati. She plays on instruments by master contemporary makers, such as Benoît Rolland and Samuel Zygmuntowicz.
Miranda Liu began early musical studies on the piano with her mother and made her first stage appearance at the age of three before receiving violin lessons a year later. At seven, she made her solo violin recital debut followed by a solo debut with orchestra. The California native began studying at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg at age ten in the class of Prof. Paul Roczek as a member of the Leopold Mozart Institute. She commenced a Bachelor of Arts degree in Violin Performance there at age 14. Since 2011, she worked with the renowned violin pedagogue Prof. Eszter Perényi in Budapest and as a scholarship holder in the Erasmus Exchange Programme. After graduating summa cum laude from the Liszt Academy of Music and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2015 as well as a Master of Arts degree in 2017, Liu became the youngest person in the history of the prestigious institution to be admitted into their Doctoral School.