Dr. Xuefei Liu

Program Director & Piano Instructor

Praised as a “musician with wonderful communicative and expressive quality”, Xuefei Liu is Chinese concert pianist. Ms. Liu performs solo recitals and chamber music concerts throughout the world. An active chamber musician, Xuefei Liu has worked with the Rolston String Quartet, National Music Festival Orchestra, Modigliani Quartet, Tamara Chernyak, Richard Rosenberg, Gary Smart, Andrzej Grabiec, Jon Klibonoff, and Gerald Robbins. Ms. Liu is a member of the Irida Piano Trio based in Houston, Texas.

Ms. Liu has had numerous award recognitions, including the first prize winner of the International Music Competition for Best Liszt Performance, grand prix of the International Nice Côte d’Azur Piano Competition, third place in the Concours International de piano de la Ville de Gagny, and Alternate in the southwest division of the MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition.

Xuefei Liu has participated at the Interharmony International Music Festival, National Music Festival, International Piano Festival at the University of Houston, and Summit Music Festival, studying with renowned instructors including Saleem Ashkar, Alexander Kobrin, Asaf Zohar, Abbey Simon, and Arkady Aronov. She has also worked with musicians such as Logan Skelton, Tanya Gabrielian, William Wolfram, Anton Nel, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, and Gabriel Tacchino. She has been described from these renowned musician as “an artist with electrical energy, tonal blossoming in so many colors and timbers, and spiritually depth”.

Xuefei Liu received her Bachelor of Music at the Eastern New Mexico University with Dr. John Olsen and her Master’s at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with André-Michel Schub. Xuefei Liu is now pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in piano performance with minor in piano pedagogy at the University of Houston Moores School of Music with Dr. Tali Morgulis.

As a passionate teacher and active outreach musician, Liu is the teaching assistant at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music and faculty member of the Preparatory and Continuing Studies program at the Moores School of Music. She performed in outreach school concerts in Houston through Cullen Performance Hall, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Methodist Hospital and Holly Hall Retirement Community. Liu has previously been a faculty member at AFA (American Festival of Arts) in Houston, the Brooklyn Musical Arts and the 88 Keys of New York in New York City.