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Pianist Jian Liu performs musical fantasies Nov. 8

October 25, 2012

DMA recital features music of Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart & more

Jian Liu

The Yale School of Music presents the pianist Jian Liu in a Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at 8 pm. The program is an exploration of musical fantasies, including examples by C.P.E. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and Liszt.

Liu will open his performance with C.P.E. Bach’s Fantasy in C major, Wq 59/6 – H 284. Next he will play Beethoven’s Fantasy, Op. 77, one of the composer’s rare ventures into the loose, almost improvisational form.

The second half of the concert will feature Liszt’s Après une lecture de Dante: Fantasia Quasi Sonata, a virtuosic piece inspired by the reading of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. The concert will conclude with Mozart’s Fantasy in D minor, K. 397, and Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy in C major, D. 760.

The recital is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.


Pianist Jian Liu has appeared on concert stages in China, Japan, Portugal, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United States, including performances with the symphony orchestras of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, and the National Philharmonic Society of Ukraine. Mr. Liu’s performances have been broadcast by various radio and TV stations including KPHO in Phoenix and Suisse Romande Radio in Switzerland. Since winning the First Prize at the Sixth Missouri Southern International Piano Competition in 1996, Mr. Liu has been honored at various national and international competitions, including the Third Horowitz International Piano Competition in Ukraine and the 2002 MTNA Chamber Music Competition. Mr. Liu has been a featured artist alongside pianist Maria João Pires, cellist Jian Wang, and clarinetist David Shifrin, among others. His artistry has taken him to concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, and Rose Theater of Lincoln Center. In March 2011, Mr. Liu joined the piano faculty at New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, New Zealand, as an assistant professor.