A Piano Phenomenon

student_liu1Sixteen-year-old Anne Liu was introduced to the piano at a very young age. “I think I was around two years old at the time,” she recalled, “fascinated by and curious of this black-and-white instrument and attracted to the crisp and satisfying sounds that it produced.” At the time, Anne didn’t know what she was listening to but only has a memory of being captivated by her older brother playing the piano.

Shortly after, Anne started playing the piano and quickly picked up the skill. She is now an accomplished pianist, receiving numerous accolades and having performed extensively throughout the United States, China, and Italy. “I do have a favorite composer, and it’s Mozart,” shared Anne. “Listening to other renowned musicians inspires me and motivates me to work harder.”

This past year, Anne was named the National YoungArts Foundation Finalist Winner – the highest honor for the selection. “YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15 to 18 or in grades 10 to 12 from across the United States,” explained Anne. Selected through a blind adjudication process, YoungArts winners receive valuable support, professional development, and educational experiences working with mentors, and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions.

Name: Anne Liu (16)
School: Canyon Crest Academy
Grade: 11
Parents: Sean and Linda Liu
Sibling: Henry (19)

student_liu2In January, Anne traveled to Miami for National YoungArts Week, where she met with other finalists as well as renowned artists from around the nation. “I was really excited to get to work with the master teachers…and meeting with other artists and musicians,” recalled Anne. “To be able to work with so many talented young artists and prestigious musicians in Miami was truly an experience that I treasured. These musicians pass down their knowledge to us to prepare us for a future in the arts.”

Anne was also recently awarded the Musical Merit Scholarship by the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego. “Winning the Musical Merit Scholarship grand prize was an incredible experience,” shared Anne. “Winning it required huge commitment and confidence. There were many great musicians in the competition and everybody did amazing.”

“Listening to other renowned musicians inspires me and motivates me to work harder.”

Aside from her musical endeavors, Anne enjoys drawing and painting. She will be a junior at Canyon Crest Academy this fall, where her favorite subject in school is art history. “I like to know about the lives of the composers and the situations from that time period,” she shared. “They are the examples for young artists like me.”

As for her future plans, Anne replied, “I plan on pursuing music professionally in music conservatories. I wish to become a concert pianist to share my love for music with others around the world.”