• D.M.A., University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • M.M., Yale School of Music
  • B.M., B.A., Bard College


  • Cello


Qizhen Liu, D.M.A., is an adjunct professor of cello at St. Mary’s University, and also currently serves as principal cellist of Symphony of the Hills, and a member of the San Antonio Philharmonic.

Liu has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician. Qizhen Liu was also a prizewinner in the 2015 Kansas City Music Club Competition, 2014 MTNA Young Artist String Solo Competition, 2014 Sigma Alpha Lota Competition, 2012 Sorantin International String Competition and Internationaler Jugendmusikwettbewerb in Ehigen, Germany.  She has performed in the Fontainebleau Music Festival (France), Zephyr Chamber Music Festival (Italy), Schleswig Holstein Music Festival (Germany), Morningside Bridge Music Festival (Canada), Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and Sarasota Music Festival in USA.

Qizhen Liu’s interest in contemporary music has led her to collaborate with George Crumb, Joan Tower, Chen Yi, Zhong Long and Thomas Ades, performing at New Music New Haven Series at Yale, the contemporary workshop at Fontainebleau Music Festival in France and Bard Music Festivals.

In addition to her performing, Liu has also taught as adjunct instructor of cello at Ottawa University, as faculty member at Morse Music Academy at Yale School of Music, as teaching assistant at Casalsmaggorie Music Festival in Italy, as teaching artist at Music Bridge Program at University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Aspen Music Festival P.A.L.S. Summer Education Department.

Qizhen Liu holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance and BA in German Studies at Bard College, a Master of Music degree of music from Yale School of Music and a Doctor of Music Arts degree from University of Missouri, Kansas City.

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