Lillian Liu is a young, multi-faceted, and versatile artist specializing in:
classical piano performance, photography, retouching, music education, and modeling.
Lillian Liu is a young 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 Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall in London. She has obtained her Master's degree in classical piano performance at the Royal College of Music in the United Kingdom, 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.
Dedicated not only to performance but also to music education, 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 most recently, in the 2018 Canadian Music Competition as a first place winner of her category. She has also adjudicated in competition panels, such as the Kay Meek Competition.
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 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- such as with acclaimed electroacoustic composer Nicola Monopoli in creating ring modulated piano soundscapes- and does not limit her collaborative work to classical music, having experience as both a film pit orchestra musician, 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).
Lillian has also studied Alexander Technique under the tutelage of Peter Buckoke.
Her next upcoming performance will be in Paris at the Theatre de la Madeleine, alongside Free Spirit, January 2019.
Lillian is an agency-represented (Werewolf) 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.
Features and publications as a photographer include: Marie Claire Taiwan (Webtorial), Vogue Taiwan (Print), My Modern Met, Fae Magazine, 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. She is also a part of the humanitarian artistic collective Free Spirit, headquartered in Paris, as of 2016.
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. Lillian's visual capability in directing, model-instruction, post-processing, and styling has enabled her to obtain sponsors and work with numerous iconic creatives from around the globe.
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.