Xiaoya Liu

Xiaoya Liu

Xiaoya Liu

Rising Faculty Star 2022

Pianist Xiaoya Liu has captured the imagination of worldwide audiences through her profound artistry and charismatic performances as concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician across Asia, Europe, and the United States with orchestras such as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Round Rock Symphony, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the GSIM Festival Orchestra and in venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Hill Auditorium, Palazzo Biscari, and Shanghai Concert Hall.

Engagements this season include Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto and Florence Price Piano Concerto with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and the UM Life Sciences Orchestra.

Xiaoya was a top prize winner in the Sicily International Piano Competition, the Wideman International Piano Competition, the New York International Artists Piano Competition, the Paris Music Competition, the American Prize, and the Winner of both the PianoTexas Concerto Competition and the University of Michigan Concerto Competition. She has been a featured artist at the Crystal Valley Concert Series and the American Liszt Society Festival.

A recipient of full scholarships from prestigious music festivals worldwide, Xiaoya has worked alongside such artists as Yefim Bronfman, Stephen Hough, Leslie Howard, Dmitry Rachmanov, Pascal Rogé, Paul Schoenfeld, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Melvyn Tan, and conductors Miguel Harth-Bedo and Kenneth Kiesler.​

Xiaoya received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance with a concurrent second Master’s degree in Piano Chamber Music from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor’s (Honors) degree in Piano Performance from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music – National University of Singapore. Her principal teachers include Christopher Harding, Natalya Antonova, Enrico Elisi, and Thomas Hecht.

Xiaoya was the recipient of the Earl V. Moore Award, one of the highest honors given for outstanding achievement by the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.​

Her CD album (world premiere) of Carl Vine Complete Piano Sonatas will be released under Dynamic in 2022.

Martin Kesuma

Martin Kesuma

Martin Kesuma

Rising Faculty Stars 2022

Born in Indonesia, Martin Kesuma made his orchestral debut at the age of 17 with the Texas State Symphony Orchestra. Since then, Martin has performed with the Round Rock Symphony, University of Texas University Orchestra, and more. As recipient of the Ben Gomez Award from the 10th TSIPF, Martin is scheduled to perform with the Central Texas Philharmonic soon. In addition, Martin enjoys performing in competitions. Some of his accomplishments include Honorable Mention in the San Jose International Piano Competition and first prizes in the PianoHouse International Piano Competition and the Dickinson Piano Competition at the TSIPF, which allowed Martin to record and publish his debut album, “Detours,” for the Centaur Records.

A graduate of Texas State University (classes of Washington Garcia and Jason Kwak), Martin continued to study at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently finishing up his doctoral studies with Anton Nel. Starting in September, Martin will move to Toronto, where he has been accepted with full scholarship to study with James Anagnoson in the Artist Diploma Program at the Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music.

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