Tianyu Liu China, 20, Senior

Tianyu Liu is a scholarship student at the College of Charleston, where he studies with Professor Lee-Chin Siow. He has won prizes at numerous international competitions, including 1st Prize and the Best Paganini Prize at the Cremona International Competition for Strings in Italy in 2016, and the Grand Prize at the 2018 Ronald Sachs International Music Competition. In 2018, he was one of 16 quarter finalists of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand. Most recently, he won 1st Prize at the Young Artist String Competition of MTNA in April 2020. Tianyu made his American debut in 2018 performing Waxman’s Carmen Fantasy at the Lincoln Centre.  

I am so honored and happy to be selected as one of the competitors at the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021. It has always been my dream to compete at such a prestigious competition, and I think it will be an exciting challenge. Competition is a good way to improve, providing many opportunities to share and study. The most important thing is to prepare in advance, and I’m excited to work on the rich repertoire which contains so much variation. I’m very excited about the challenge of composing my own cadenza for a Mozart Violin Concerto - it’s my first time composing, and it will be a big challenge but constantly challenging myself will help me to break through barriers. I’m thrilled that the Menuhin Competition has given me this opportunity.


Senior First Rounds
  • J.S. Bach Solo Sonata in A minor BWV 1003, Andante and Allegro
  • Paganini Caprice No. 17 for Solo Violin, Op.1
  • Chen Yao Air