Born in 1990, Ji Liu studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2005 and 2006 he took part in the Verbier Festival & Academy in Switzerland where he received the Tabor Piano Award and CUBS Prize from the UBS Bank. He went on to study with Dmitri Bashkirov at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Royal Academy of Music with Christopher Elton completing his Masters on piano and composition (the latter with Ruth Byrchmore) in 2013. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2013.
From a young age Ji has appeared as soloist at major venues and festivals internationally including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Concertgebouw, Auditorium du Louvre, Salle Cortot, Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), 92nd Street Y (New York), Rachmaninoff Hall (Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow), Salle Garnier Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Hong Kong Town Hall, the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre and Stavanger Chamber Music Festival. He has performed JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Gstaad Festival and the complete piano music of Isang Yung at the Tongyeong Music Festival in South Korea.
As a concerto soloist Ji’s performances have included the Ravel Concertos with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra and the French Republic Guard Orchestra (Canada), Rachmaninov’s Concerto No.2 with the Academy Concert Orchestra conducted by Tadaaki Otaka, Mozart’s Concerto K.488 with the London String Ensemble and Beethoven Concertos with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 he recorded Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for the Royal Academy of Music’s own label.
During his studies Ji won numerous prizes and awards including 1st Prize in the 2010 Sheepdrove Competition, 1st Prize in the Brant Competition in Birmingham, the Audience Prize of the Friends of the RAM Wigmore Hall award, the Martin Musical Trust, Yamaha Music Foundation and the Hattori Foundation’s Debut Prize. Further afield Ji won 1st Prize in the 2003 Pinault Competition in New York, 1st Prize in the Ludmila Knezkova-Hussey Competition in Canada and 2nd Prize in the 2004 Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Bucharest.
KSO performance history