Tianyu Liu China, 21, Senior

In 2017, Tianyu Liu accepted a scholarship to pursue his undergraduate studies in violin with Professor Siow at the College of Charleston, South Carolina. Shortly afterward, he won the Ronald Sachs International Music Competition in North Carolina and made his American debut at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center, performing the Waxman Carmen Fantasy in April 2018. In December 2018, Tianyu was selected as one of 16 quarter finalists at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand. He won the 1st Prize in the South Carolina MTNA Competition “Young Artist Performance” in November 2019.

I am so honored and happy to be selected as one of the competitors at the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020. It has always been my dream to compete at such a prestigious competition, and I think it will be an exciting challenge. Competition is a good way to improve, providing many opportunities to share and study. The most important thing is to prepare in advance, and I’m excited to work on the rich repertoire which contains so much variation. I’m very excited about the challenge of composing my own cadenza for a Mozart Violin Concerto - it’s my first time composing, and it will be a big challenge but constantly challenging myself will help me to break through barriers. I’m thrilled that the Menuhin Competition has given me this opportunity.