Anqi Liu started her formal compositional studies at the age of twenty-three although she began her piano training at age four. Despite this late beginning, her music has been performed across the U.S, Europe, and Asia at venues and concert halls like Le Poisson Rouge (NYC), Shapeshifter Lab (NYC), The Firehouse Space (NYC), Dusk Dawn Club, Beijing Mao Live House, INNER FIELD New York, Heluting Concert Hall at Shanghai Conservatory, Suzhou Art Center, Central Conservatory Concert Hall, Palace of Fontainebleau and others. She has been commissioned by and has been working with a group of musicians and ensembles including Steven Schick, Kyle Motl, Teresa Diáz, Ensemble Palimpsest, Meraki Chamber Players, New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, Mivos Quartet, Air Contemporary Music Collection at Central Conservatory, Vanguard Culture San Diego, Nouveau Classical Project, Norrbotten NEO Sweden, and many others. She has been selected to attend summer academies and conferences such as Kalv Music Academy in Sweden, Ecoles d'Art Américaines de Fontainebleau in France with full scholarship award, International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) 2017 with travel grand from ICMA, California Electronic Music Exchange Concert (CEMEC) - Stanford 2018, ELECTRONIC MUSIC WEEKEND
MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick 2019

 

 

 

Pursuing her Ph.D. under the advice of Lei Liang at UC San Diego, Liu got her bachelor's degrees in Law and Music Performance at Xiamen University and an MA in Composition from Rutgers University. Distinct from a conventional compositional training, her music degree included extensive travels throughout the Chinese hinterlands to seek and study the original folk music of Chinese minority groups. She works on experimenting with diverse possibilities to expand the dimension of sound, and oftentimes those experiments incorporate challenges of touching the edge regarding conventional ways of playing or viewing the instruments. At UCSD, she studied electroacoustic with Rand Steiger, Miller Puckette, Tom Erbe and Natasha Diels. She starts to play with modular synthesizers after studying with Tom Erbe. Her composition teachers include Anthony Davis, Roger Reynolds, Rand Steiger, Chinary Ung, Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Paul Rudy, Robert Aldridge, Charles Fussell, and Gerald Chenoweth. In addition, she had composition lessons with Allain Gaussin, François Paris, Pierluigi Billone and Per Mårtensson.

 

 

       

Being born and raised in a Manchurian minority family in Inner Mongolia, the autonomous province in Northern China, her identity has always felt complex. Her experience in both the western world and China has driven her to give an authentic voice to the underrepresented culture she came from. 

  

PERFORMANCES |  EXHIBITION

 

 

 

07/ 2019    in that Void, you See a Light Beam through Shadows for Shakuhachi, Sheng, Guchin (Guqin) and two Percussions

Commissioned work from Central Conservatory based Air Contemporary Music Collection  

Premier at Concert Hall, Central Conservatory

 

04/2019    Light Beams through Dusts, through a Mist of Moistures for solo contrabass 

Commissioned  | Collaborative work with Kyle Motl

Premier at Space 4 Art, San Diego
 

04/2019   Now and Then site-specific installation based on the contrabass solo for Kyle

@ Space 4 Art, San Diego

 

 

12/2018  a Hallucination night Modular Synth live performance

a semi-private live Modular Synth show at Locke Pub @ Suzhou, China

 

12/2018     I Hear Light Beams, You? an Art Installation

Fallen Tree Exhibitions (Contemporary Art in Redefined Spaces), Lafayette Hotel, San Diego, CA, U.S.

 

 

11/2018      Wave Coming… for flute, trumpet, baritone, piano, and percussion

Full Jury Concert, UC San Diego Conrad Prebys Music Center, San Diego, CA, U.S.

 

 

08/ 2018     i  for flute, violin, viola, cello, piano and percussion, one of the Selected Composers 

Commissioned work by Composition Academy in Kalv Festival 2018

Premiered by Norrbotten NEO @ Gothenburg, Sweden

 

 

06/2018     Reliquary Sound/ Photography Installation as one space among fourteen spaces in the event Sensorium, Downtown San Diego.  Collaboration with Tiange Zhou

 

04/18        Ocean Pearl Teardrops 8 Channel Sound Diffusion.

CEMEC-UCSD Forth performance at Experimental Theater, Conrad Prebys Music Center, UCSD

 

04/2018      Water Flow, Field Recording Sample based Fixed Media - 8 Channel Sound Diffusion with live percussion solo with video projection and staging design

Premiere at Experimental Theater, Conrad Prebys Music Center, UCSD

 

04/2018      Ocean Pearl Teardrops, Selected work @ CEMEC-Stanford- 8 Channel Sound Diffusion 

Third performance at CCRMAR, Stanford

 

01/2018       From Stillness for trumpet, for double bass and sectional prepared piano 
premiered at UC San Diego Conrad Prebys Music Center, San Diego, CA

 

10/2017        Pastoral for string quartet and electroacoustic selected piece (fourth performance) at 43rd ICMC (International Computer Music Conference), He Luting Concert Hall, Shanghai Conservatory, Shanghai, China 

 

07/2017        Kings for installation and electroacoustic 
premiered at the Palace of Fontainebleau, France

 

07/2017        Spallation for string quartet and piano,
premiered at the Palace of Fontainebleau, France

 

06/2017         for flute, clarinet, cello, percussions Composition for Kandinsky composition vii and electronics 
fifth performance at Connecticut Summerfest Contemporary Music Festival by the ensemble in residence MCP at Berkman Recital Hall, University of Hartford, Connecticut.

 

03/2017        Ocean Pearl Teardrops-- 8 Channels Sound Diffusion-- Selected work at EMCC

U.S. Premiered at White Hall, Kansas City

 

01/2017        Ocean Pearl Teardrops for Fixed Media and Real-Time Performance

Premiered at Dusk Dawn Club, Beijing, China

 

10/2016       Composition for Kandinsky composition vii and electronics for flute, clarinet, cello,  percussions

fourth performance at Leshowitz Recital Hall of Montclair University, NJ

 

10/2016        Pastoral for string quartet and fixed media

second performance at White Recital Hall, Kansas City

 

06/2016       Composition for Kandinsky composition vii 

for flute, clarinet, cello, percussions and electronics

third performance at Firehouse Space, New York

 

 for flute, clarinet, cello, percussions Composition for Kandinsky composition vii05/2016       and electronics

second performance at Composers’ Voice Concert at Firehouse Space, New York

 

05/2016        Variations for Chamber Orchestra for 16 players

premiere by Helix! New Music Ensemble at Le Poisson Rouge, New York.

 

04/2016        Pastoral for string quartet

premiere by New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra at Zimmerli Art Museum

 

 for flute, clarinet, cello, percussions Composition for Kandinsky composition vii 04/2016       and electronics

premiere at Shapeshifter Lab, New York

 

02/2016        Electroacoustic soundscape Whale Song-Ocean Dream with installations

performed at INNER FIELD, New York

 

10/2015        O for Flute Quartet

third performance at Brooklyner, New York.

Attimo for Flute, Clarinet, Strings and Piano

second performance at Brooklyner, New York. 

 

  for Flute, Clarinet, Strings Attimo04/2015      and Piano              

premiere at Le Poisson Rouge, New York City.

 

03/2015        O for Flute Quartet, second performance at Zimmerli Art Museum.

 

11/2014        O for Flute Quartet

premiere by Rutgers New Music ensemble, Helix! at Helix! concert, Nicholas Music

Center.

 

11/2014        The Five Trigrams of I-Ching for large Percussion Ensemble

premiere by Rutgers Percussion Ensemble at Percussion Ensemble Concert,

Nicholas Music Center.

 

11/2014        Fall for Prepared Piano, Piano Improvisation and Electronic Acoustic” premiere with choreography 

on the BFA SENIOR SOLO/DUET CONCERT at Lorre Dance Theater

 

10/2014        Isolation for Pierrot Ensemble

premiere by the Nouveau Classical Project at NCP New Music Concert, Schare Recital Hall.

 

09/2014        Piano accompaniment at Rutgers Community Christian Church.

 

 Psalms-Jesus listen to my 06/2014      pray for Christian Community           

premiere by Rutgers Community Christian Church Choir.

 

11/2013        Burning Snow —a film score

premiere with choreography on the BFA SENIOR SOLO/DUET CONCERT,

Lorre Dance Theater