Chinese composer, concert pianist, Yihui Liu is currently pursuing her Ph.D. degree in the ICIT program (Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and technology) at University of California, Irvine.
Holding a master’s degree in solo piano performance from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Matti Raekallio, Yihui resides her musical concentration also in scoring for pictures, electronic music production, and interactive performance technology. She has worked closely with famous musicians and composers including Mari Kimura, Edward Bilous, Greg Kalember, Joel Sachs, Vincent Olivieri, Lukas Ligeti among others. She finished her bachelor of music degree at Oberlin Conservatory studying with Robert Shannon, where she also studied conducting with Raphael Jiménez and John Knight, and Jazz theory with Bobby Ferrazza.
As a classical concert pianist, her solo recitals and orchestra performance were heard all over the world including Germany, France, Czech Republic, Netherlands, USA, Canada, Singapore, among others. In 2016, she showcased in the Choreographers&Composers project at Juilliard. Her interpretation of Maurice Ravel’s music was awarded by the Fontainebleau Schools in France. She collaborated with famous classical performer Robert Levin on the project of conducting from the keyboard.
Yihui advocates for various music genres and styles to be equally valuable and expressive. She privately produces electronic dance music, collaborates with pop singers, and enjoys watching Japanese animes and horror movies.