CCM's Sesquicentennial Alumni Showcase is on April 21 in Corbett Auditorium.

CCM highlights alumni guest artists who will return to campus for the Sesquicentennial Alumni Showcase in a series of alumni spotlight stories.

Violinist Yang Liu (AD Violin, 2014) visits CCM on April 21 to perform in the college’s Sesquicentennial Alumni Showcase! An internationally acclaimed musician, Liu will play Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor at the concert.

Yang Liu.

Yang Liu.

Liu combines outstanding technical command and sublime musicality in performances that have earned him numerous accolades in Asia, the United States and Europe. He is a former prize winner of the Twelfth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and a first prize winner of China’s National Violin Competition.

Dubbed “the best of the billion” by Beijing Tonight, Liu’s repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary works. He plays a Guarneri violin made in 1741 on a generous loan from Stradivari Society and Bein and Fushi Rare Violins.

Liu made his North American debut with the Atlanta Symphony orchestra, earning three nights of standing ovations for his performance of Paganini’s First Violin Concerto. This success was followed by performances with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Spano, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Hagen Symphony Orchestra in Germany and Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark.

During a highly successful tour throughout China under Maestro Christoph Eberle, Liu was a soloist in a concerto by Carl Nielsen, which was praised by Chinese media as “an absolutely sensational performance, which touched the deepest spot of our hearts… Such a musician has been rarely heard for the past ten years…”

His recent engagements include concerto performances with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota in Colombia performing Barber’s Violin Concerto under Maestro Amadio. He also completed a five-city tour in China performing the Butterfly Concerto with Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, as part of the China-U.S. cultural exchange initiated by former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Minister of Culture of China Luo Shugang.

Orchestras repeatedly engage Liu for his appealing musicality and persona. He has performed multiple times with Ospa State Orchestra in Brazil, Qingdao Symphony Orchestra in China, East Oregon Symphony Orchestra and Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra in the US.

A highly sought after guest artist and teacher, he performed and taught for many years in Aspen Music Festival, Oficina Music Festival and Sesc Music Festival in Brazil, and the Great Wall Music Festival in China. Liu’s earlier concert highlights include his solo appearances at the Algave International Music Festival in Portugal, the prestigious Sala Sao Paulo in Brazil, the Aspen Music Festival and the Ravinia Festival.

As one of the most successful international performing artists of Chinese origin, Liu was honored to be chosen to be filmed for a documentary called String of heart–Yang Liu, which features Liu’s artistic life. This production was aired throughout China in February 2011.

His debut recording, Song of Nostalgia, was released to critical acclaim. The CD represents his broad interest in music, including some of the most difficult repertoire written for violin and traditional Chinese music. This recording, along with many of his live performances, is frequently heard on National Public Radio.

Born in Tsingtao, China, Liu made his concert debut at age 10 performing Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen with the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo. He also performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in a nationally televised live concert with the Central Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing, which drew attention of the renowned violin pedagogue, Yao-Ji Lin. He began to study with Lin at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and soon afterward, began to concertize as a soloist internationally.

In pursuit of further musical development, Liu moved to the U.S. and continued his studies with Kurt Sassmannshaus and Dorothy DeLay at CCM. During his student years, he was a frequent soloist at the Aspen Music Festival and with the Cincinnati-based Starling Chamber Orchestra, with which he toured China twice. He also was a featured performer in Starling’s Emmy Award-winning educational video. Classical Quest concert tours have led him to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, Greece, China, Egypt and America.

Learn more about the Sesquicentennial Alumni Showcase concert and view a complete list of guest artists at


STRAUSS: Overture to Die Fledermaus (1874); featuring the CCM Philharmonia led by Christopher Allen
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82 “Emperor” (1811); featuring Anton Nel, piano
SAINT-SAENS: Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 61; featuring Yang Liu, violin
WAGNER: “Mild und leise,” from Tristan und Isolde (1859); featuring Tamara Wilson, soprano
Work for saxophone and jazz combo; featuring Janelle Reichman, saxophone
ROSSINI: “Cruda sorte,” from L’Italiana in Algeri (1813); featuring Helene Schneiderman, mezzo-soprano
SCHUMANN: Konzertstück for Four Horns, Op. 83 (1849); featuring Allene Hackleman, Julie Beckel Yager, Nathaniel Willson, Jennifer Paul, soloists
Musical Theatre numbers; featuring Betsy Wolfe, vocalist, with Roger Grodsky, conductor
STRAUSS: Champagne Song from Die Fledermaus

8 p.m. Saturday, April 21

Please note: UC’s Nippert Stadium will also host an FC Cincinnati game at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The full FC Cincinnati Soccer game schedule can be found at

Corbett Auditorium, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati

Tickets for CCM’s Sesquicentennial Alumni Showcase Concert are $20 general, $15 non-UC students, and FREE for UC students with a valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online through our e-Box Office! Visit for CCM Box Office hours and location.

Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

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