Katherine E. Liu, 16, is a rising 11th grader from Boston, Massachusetts. She started her musical journey at age three and performed publicly at Boston’s Steinway Hall one year later. She has received top prizes in numerous piano competitions, including Grand Prize at the VI Chopin International Piano Competition in Connecticut and the Soloists of New England Competition, and First Prizes at the III Krystian Tkaczewski International Piano Competition, the Steinway Society Piano Competition, NEC Preparatory Concerto Competition, the 2020 Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition for Young Pianists, the Rosewood Fanning International Piano Competition, and the 2021 Lowell Philharmonic Concerto Competition, among many others. Over the past few years, Katherine has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, including the Rivers Symphony Orchestra and the Brockton Symphony Orchestra. She also performed and worked with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in a concerto masterclass, where she was one of 14 selected pianists chosen to participate in the Cliburn Junior Festival. Katherine is also the bronze medalist at the 2019 Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition and one of three finalists in the 2021 Vladimir Krainev Moscow International Piano Competition. During the past year, she won Special Prize for Best Performance of a Contemporary Piece in both the Claudette Sorel International Piano Competition and the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition and placed second in the DuBois Piano Competition. Katherine is also a 2021 National YoungArts winner in Classical Music. Most recently, Katherine performed with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall as a Grand Prize winner of the Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition and won a special prize at the 2021 International Piano-E Competition.
Having made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2015, Katherine has performed in the Cartoon Festival at Boston’s Symphony Hall several times and was featured on WCRB 99.5 with host Cathy Fuller. Katherine appeared on NPR’s From the Top at Jordan Hall in 2016 and participated in several From the Top YouTube video productions, including “Star Wars Mashup” and “Fantastic Musicians and Where to Find Them”. Katherine is honored to have presented and performed at many conferences including the Story Gathering in Nashville, TN, the Imagine Solutions Conference in Naples, FL and the E.G. Conference in Carmel, CA. She was also invited to perform at the “Lato z chopinem” festival in Poland. Appearing at renowned concert halls across the globe, Katherine has performed at venues including the CMA Theater in Nashville, the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Mixon Hall in Cleveland, Katzin Hall in Arizona, and Caruth Auditorium in Dallas. She is also a second year recipient of the Chopin Foundation scholarship and was accepted into the 2021 MorningSide Music Bridge festival with full scholarship.
Katherine has worked with many great musicians such as Keith Lockhart, Alexander Ghindin, Valery Kuleshov, Krzysztof Jablonski, Alexander Kobrin, Piotr Paleczny, Ewa Poblocka, Kevin Kenner, Edward Auer, Katherine Chi, Jay Sun, John Perry, Margarita Shevchenko, Zlata Chochieva, Sean Chen, and Ruth Reinhardt. She currently studies with HaeSun Paik at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. In her free time, Katherine loves to read, swim, dance, and explore the art of mathematics.
You can find Katherine’s performance here.