Traditional Piano Faculty
MM - The Hartt School
BM - Wuhan Conservatory of Music
Yuanyuan Liu began her journey as a pianist at age 6 in China, where she attended the attachment school of the Wuhan Conservatory of Music. She stayed at the Conservatory and completed her bachelors degree in piano performance there under the tutelage of Xiaofeng Zheng and Yunjie Chen. During that time she received the excellent student scholarship every semester and took part in numerous competitions where she won several prizes, including the Chopin Memorial First prize at the Hong Kong International Piano Competition and the Excellence Prize at the Classic Piano Sonata Contest in Wuhan. She also won the best piano solo at the Yueyang Pugongying televised competition. Yuanyuan began her Master’s studies at The Hartt School under Prof. Paul Rutman’s tutelage in 2016. Since then, she has completed her master’s degree and is now studying to attain a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Hartt School.
Yuanyuan has played recitals and performances in the United States and Asia. She went on a recital tour where she performed and gave lectures in Wuhan, Yueyang, Changsha, Changde and Pingjiang in 2019. She has performed at venues such as Qintai Concert Hall, Bianzhong concert hall in Wuhan and the Yueyang Arts and Conference Exhibition Center. Apart from her academic recitals, she has also performed for the Hartford Music Club and was a guest performer at the Connecticut Virtuosi Summer Music Institute & Festival. She is a recipient of numerous scholarships, including the Evelyn Bonar Storrs scholarship, the Fuller Talent Award, the Irene Kahn Piano Scholarship and more. Yuanyuan has collaborated as an accompanist and chamber musician on numerous performances.
Yuanyuan has taken piano pedagogy and Suzuki lessons during her studies and has been teaching for over 10 years. She has been awarded multiple times as an excellent teacher due to her students’ outstanding results in competitions. Many of her students have won competitions and been accepted at prestigious universities in the United States.
My goal as a teacher is for my students to realize their own ideas by building on their strengths, acknowledging their potential to grow, and showing them how to understand material effectively as I guide them towards a precise application of their skills and knowledge. I teach with high expectations and require perseverance and willingness to work hard from my students, but I also maintain an open mind, warmth and positivity. It is important for me that I also learn from my students, peers and my own teachers so that I can grow myself and keep improving my own standards. I strive to provide a learning environment that values each student’s own thoughts and adjusts to their individual styles of learning. At the same time, I ensure that their learning progress meets or exceeds expectations.