Lillian Liu is a multi-faceted and versatile artist specializing in classical piano performance, photography, retouching, music education, and modeling.
Vancouverite and (currently) London-based Lillian Liu is a 23 year old classical and multi-genre pianist who has performed on stages in North America and in Europe, from the modernist Chan Center of Performing Arts in Vancouver, to the eclectic and historical Cappella di Santa Chiara, Casalmaggiore, Italy. Currently, she is obtaining her Master's degree in classical piano performance at the Royal College of Music, which she entered after graduating from the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Academy of Music. Lillian also holds an ARCT diploma in both piano and violin performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Canada, and has been under the tutelage of esteemed musicians such as Edna Stern, Nigel Clayton, Corey Hamm, Lorraine Ambrose, Connie Shih, Patricia Shih, Anne Shih, Nikita Pogrebnoy, and Taras Gabora. Lillian has experienced success in her activities within music festivals and education- the most recent being the recipient of the Mildred Johnson Scholarship in Music, and being a finalist in the Phyllis E. Salter Competition. Apart from her regular studies, Lillian is also a therapy pianist in the dementia and stroke wards at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London, working as part of CW+'s "Memory Lane" project, which reaches over 5000 patients a year and reinforces the importance of art in cognitive healing. She is also an enthusiastic collaborator with modern composers who utilize unconventional techniques- her most recent sessions being with the acclaimed electroacoustic composer Nicola Monopoli in creating ring modulated piano soundscapes. Lillian has also studied Alexander Technique under the tutelage of Peter Buckoke, and is also seasoned as an orchestral musician (Composition for Screen Showcase 2016 in the Britten Theater, UBC Symphony Orchestra, RCM Film Orchestra) and collaborative pianist for juries and competitions (the most recent being the Brooks-van der Pump English Song Competition 2016).
Dedicated not only to performance but also to music education, Lillian is a registered Royal Conservatory of Music piano teacher. Trained in piano pedagogy by Alice Enns at UBC, she specialises in exam preparation and ear training for all ages, and has also worked in environments with children for early music education such as the Redbridge Music Service in London.
Outside of classical music, Lillian also acts as a collaborative artist in acts such as the recently-founded acoustic project Tinuviel, alongside notable fusion belly dancer Mahafsoun. In December 2015, she was in Studio Emissary (Reykjavik, Iceland) to record piano lines and extended piano techniques on an album with avant-garde metal project Tchornobog, which is to be released in North American and European distros via Invictus Productions, Fallen Empire, and Dark Descent in 2016.
Lillian is also an agency-represented (Werewolf) and internationally published creative photographer and digital artist who has had her work featured on the pages and covers of notable magazines such as Dark Beauty and HUF, with the most recent being her feature in Dreamingless UK 2016 March. Often traveling, arranging international collaborations, and styling her own artistic concepts, she has worked on dynamic projects in cities which include Copenhagen, Paris, Frankfurt, and Cardiff, with teams consisting of international talents from North America and Europe. Lillian's work has also been showcased in galleries, and her latest exhibition on gender and feminism in the Far-East is in China within the cultural institution gallery established by Dongguan Finding Cultural Communications Co. for their large-scale exhibition area titled Finding Arts Space established in 2015. Lillian's visual capability in directing, photography, post-processing, and styling has enabled her to obtain sponsors and work with numerous iconic alternative and high end creatives from around the globe. Her experience behind the camera has also allowed her to maneuver and model with ease in front of it- and she has been published as a model in magazines such as Feroce.
On the side, she indexes and works on the RCM Museum of Music's database of historical items, in the company of surviving period instruments as old as the 15th century. Mostly though, she watches cat videos, plays dressup with armour, reads nonfiction, creeps r/nosleep, and waits for the next Mass Effect game to be released.
To support Lillian or to gain access to tutorials, lessons, and more, please visit her Patreon page at https://www.patreon.com/lillianliu