Yang Liu has established himself as the most important Chinese violinist of his generation. As a former first-prize winner of China's National Violin Competition, he was a Starling Scholarship student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Mr. Liu was born in Qingdao, People's Republic of China in 1976. At age nine he was accepted into the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing as a student of the renowned Professor Yao-Ji Lin. At age ten he received an invitation to play Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen vvith the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo. Mr. Liu performed Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in a nationally televised live concerto with the Central Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing, and has performed as soloist with the Shanghai Philharmonic and the Orchester der Nationen in Germany. His Concert tours have led him to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Poland, Russia, Greece and Egypt.
He is presently a professor of violin at Roosevelt University in Chicago. An anonymous buyer, who recently purchased the "Lady Tennant" Stradivarius violin (for more than $2 million in April 2005, a new World record price for a musical instrument sold at auction) has presented it to be played by the violinist. Yang Liu performed on the instrument at a recital at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage on June 15, 2005. That event marked the first public performance of the violin in 25 years.