The Individual

Lillian Liu is a young, multi-faceted, and versatile artist specializing in:

classical piano performance, photography, retouching, music education, and modeling.  

image (c) Laura Sheridan

image (c) Laura Sheridan


Lillian Liu is a young classical and multi-genre pianist who has performed on stages in North America and in Europe- from the Chan Center of Performing Arts in Vancouver, to the Salle Cortot in Paris.
Graduating with distinction, she has her Master's degree in classical piano performance at the Royal College of Music in London, U.K., which she entered after graduating from the University of British Columbia in performance and the Vancouver Academy of Music. Lillian also holds an ARCT diploma for performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and has been under the tutelage of esteemed musicians such as Nigel Clayton, Corey Hamm, Lorraine Ambrose, Connie Shih (protégé of Claude Frank, himself a protégé of Arthur Schnabel), Patricia Shih, Anne Shih (protégé of Joseph Gingold), Nikita Pogrebnoy, Edna Stern (protégé of Martha Argerich and Krystian Zimerman), and Taras Gabora. Lillian was also selected to perform at the UBC Baccalaureate Concert in her graduating year.

Lillian is on faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Semiahmoo Academy of Music for both piano and violin, and the Langley Community School of Music. Trained in pedagogy by Alice Enns, she has also worked in environments with children for early music education outside of her respective institutions, such as the Redbridge Music Service in London.

Lillian has experienced success in her activities within music festivals and education- examples being the recipient of the Mildred Johnson Scholarship in Music, performing in the Casalmaggiore Music Festival, being a finalist of the Phyllis E. Salter Competition, and placing first in the Canadian Music Competition. She has also adjudicated in competition panels, such as the Kay Meek Competition. Her own students have also experienced success in festivals such as the Kiwanis Music Festival, and in examinations.

Lillian has performed for the Concordia Foundation, and was also a pianist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital working as part of CW+'s "Memory Lane" project, which reaches over 5000 dementia patients a year and reinforces the importance of art in cognitive healing and recollection. She is also an enthusiastic collaborator with modern composers who utilize unconventional techniques- such as with acclaimed electroacoustic composer Nicola Monopoli under Haris Kittos in creating ring modulated piano soundscapes- and does not limit her collaborative work to classical music, having experience as both a film pit musician for the Composition for Screen Showcase hosted in the Britten Theatre, and in recording piano sections for multiple metal projects. Recent metal releases featuring Lillian include Tchornobog (2017), and Akheth's first single "The Asylum" featuring Mark Janson of Epica (2018). Upcoming metal collaborations will include work with award-winning Swiss metal band Schammasch.

Lillian is also a creative contributor and a member of the non-profit humanitarian and environmental collective Free Spirit, based in Paris- which blends art, music, and philanthropy. Providing both music and photography, their most recent Emajinarium concert in Paris has raised funds to plant more than 33000 trees in Kenya, and over 1000 seeds in Mexico.

Lillian has also studied Alexander Technique under the tutelage of Peter Buckoke.

Lillian is an award-winning and published creative photographer who utilizes digital techniques to create unique atmospheres in her work.  Often traveling, arranging international collaborations, and styling her own artistic concepts, she has worked on independent projects in over 18 global cities- with teams consisting of talents from North America and Europe.  She is also a part of the humanitarian artistic collective Free Spirit, headquartered in Paris, as of 2016.

Features and publications as a photographer include:
Marie Claire Taiwan, Vogue Taiwan, My Modern Met, CTV News Canada, Art.Ifeng, 54th Annual Taiwan Golden Horse Awards, Kat Von D Beauty 10 Years of Beauty (Muse #5), Fae, Huf, PhotoVogue Italia, Feroce, Gazelle, Ellements, Dreamingless, Elegant, Surreal Beauty, Art of Portrait, Gilded, Phantasm, Unfolded, Dark Beauty, Pump, Obscurae, Giuseppina, Gothic and Amazing, Gothesque, and many more.

Lillian’s latest award is for the Photomanipulation category in the 5th annual Fine Art Photography Awards. She has also shot winning editorials for the 30th Contessa Hair Awards hosted by Salon Magazine, in the categories “Multicultural Hairstylist of the Year” and “British Columbia Hair Stylist of the Year” with stylist Freddy Sim.

Lillian’s latest commercial editorial is currently on the walls of Curlique/Blanche Macdonald on Robson Street in Vancouver as of July 2019. Her work has also been featured on book covers- such as titles authored by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author K.N. Lee.

Lillian has also collaborated with Fine Art Actions by Bella Kotak and Pratik Naik to release her own set of colour-toning actions.

Lillian's work has also been showcased in galleries, and her latest exhibition on gender 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.  

On a personal level:
Besides modeling occasionally and working, Lillian is an avid lover of historical art, old books, animals, and having too many clothes. Mostly though, she watches horror movies, plays dressup with armour, creeps r/nosleep,  reads, and waits for the next Steam wishlist sale.