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Noted Pianist Meng-Chieh Liu Performs Works by Johannes Brahms October 10 and 12

(October 7, 2014) Curtis faculty member and award-winning pianist Meng-Chieh Liu ('93) performs a pair of all-Brahms recitals at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 10 and Sunday, October 12 at the Curtis Institute of Music. A pianist with "classical poise and expressive depth" (San Francisco Classical Voice), Mr. Liu brings to life Brahms's works, ranging from some of his most famous waltzes to some of his most technically demanding works.

Mr. Liu's performance on October 10 includes works such as Brahms's Fourteen Variations on a Hungarian Song in D major, the challenging Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op. 1, and the memorable Waltzes, Op. 39, among others. On October 12, he opens with the Scherzo in E-flat minor, Op. 4, and rounds out the recital with the virtuosic Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35.
The performances take place in Field Concert Hall at Curtis, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia. Admission is free and no tickets are required.
A recipient of the 2002 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Meng-Chieh Liu first made headlines in 1993 as a 21-year-old student, when he substituted for André Watts at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with three hours' notice. His acclaimed performance was followed by a number of widely praised appearances, including a recital at the Kennedy Center. 
Following Mr. Liu's triumph in Philadelphia, an appearance with the Philadelphia Orchestra was immediately scheduled. However his career was abruptly halted by a rare and debilitating illness that affected his connective tissues and rendered him almost immobile for a year. Doctors believed his chances for survival were slim and, should he survive, playing the piano would be impossible. With arduous determination and relentless physical therapy, Mr. Liu has been restored to full health and returned to the concert stage several years ago.
Mr. Liu has performed with orchestras under conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Gustavo Dudamel, and Alan Gilbert, among others. His concerts have been broadcast around the world, and Taiwanese National Television has aired a documentary on his life. A dedicated chamber musician, he has collaborated with musicians in North America, Europe, and Asia, in addition to working with artists in other disciplines, including Mikhail Baryshnikov and his White Oak Dance Project. He is the artistic director of Chicago Chamber Musicians, which he joined in 2009.
Mr. Liu received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Jorge Bolet, Eleanor Sokoloff, and Claude Frank. He received first prizes in the Stravinsky, Asia Pacific Piano, and Mieczyslaw Munz competitions. 
Mr. Liu has been a member of the Curtis Institute of Music faculty since 1993 and also serves on the faculties of Roosevelt University and the New England Conservatory.
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Faculty Recital: Meng-Chieh Liu
Friday, October 10 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia
Fourteen Variations on a Hungarian Song in D major, Op. 21, No. 2 
Five Studies Anh. Ia/1
Presto after J. S. Bach (1st version)
Presto after J. S. Bach (2nd version)
Waltzes, Op. 39
Theme and Variations in D minor, from Sextet No. 1, Op. 18 
Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op. 1
Free; no tickets required.
Sunday, October 12 at 8 p.m.
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia
Scherzo in E-flat minor, Op. 4 
Sechs Klavierstücke, Op. 118
Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 35 
Three Intermezzos, Op. 117
Free; no tickets required.

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