A native of Shanghai, China, Qi Liu is a graduate of the Middle School of Shanghai Music Conservatory and the Harid Conservatory. Ms. Liu received her Master of Music (M.M.) from the Yale School of Music in 2001, where she was awarded Charles Miller Scholarship and Elizabeth Parisot Prize for an outstanding pianist at the School of Music. In 2006, she received her D.M.A. in Piano Performance at SUNY Stony Brook. Ms. Liu's teachers include Dan Shao, Dr. Roberta Rust, Peter Frankl, and Gilbert Kalish.
Ms. Liu has appeared in concerts in China, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Spain, United States, and her live performance was aired by the BBC. She has performed in summer festivals at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine, Orford Music Festival in Canada, Yellow Barn Music Festival in Vermont and Encuentro de Musica y Academia de Santander in Spain. After her performance in the Palm Beach International Invitational Piano Competition, the Palm Beach Daily News wrote: “This young woman knows how to communicate... She plays with intense concentration, with confidence and a natural joy in the music-making.” She was also a prizewinner of the Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Award in New York City in 2003.
Ms. Liu’s live performance at the Steinway Hall in New York City in 2003 was later aired at WFMT in Chicago, KWAX and AllClassical KBPS in Oregon. Her more recent appearances include solo recitals at the Festival of the Arts in South Nyack, New York, the “Performance Showcase” Series at the Caramoor Music Festival, the University of South Florida in Tampa, the Storm King School in New York, the "Russell House" series at Wesleyan University, and the Frederick’s Historical Piano Series in Massachusetts.
Ms. Liu is currently a piano instructor at the Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and serves as a member at the university's concert committee. She has given masterclasses at the University of South Florida in Tampa and Lynn University. Her students have been finalists at the Tishler Piano Competition, prize winners at the Renee Fisher Piano Competition, winners at the Hamden Concerto Competition, and soloists with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.