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Jiatianze Lydia Liu is a professor of piano at Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China. After she graduated from Shenyang Conservatory of Music in 1995, she collaborated with well-known experts and made the recording "Chinese and Foreign Famous Music," published by Liaoning Education Press. Later she pursued further education in Vienna, Austria, under Juri Smirnov and earned a Masters degree with pianist and educator M. M. Volkova at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Gnessin Russian Academy of Music.
Since her first recital in 1993 that was broadcast live on the radio in Heilongjiang Province, she has been frequently playing recitals. Prof. Liu has participated in many national piano competitions held by the Cultural Department in China and won the Pearl River National Juvenile Piano Invitational Tournament in 1992, the Competition of Chinese Piano Works in 1994, the First National Piano Concerto Competition in 1996, the First National Piano Duo Competition, the First Piano Competition in the Asia-Pacific Area in Hong Kong in 1997, the Vienna International Piano Competition in 2000, and the Yangtze River National College League Piano Competition. She has been invited to give lectures and performances frequently in conservatories and universities around China. Her publications are featured in academic periodicals of national higher professional education organizations of Russian and China such as The New Voice of Yue Fu and The Art Research. Additionally, she has performed teaching achievement recitals since 1997 such as the great Jiatianze Liu Teaching Achievement Concert at the Music Art Center Concert Hall in Moscow in 2008, organized by the Chinese Embassy in Russia.
As a teacher, a number of outstanding students under her instruction and guidance have won many awards in the piano competitions in China and internationally, including the concerto division and solo division of U.S.BEACON American Young Artist concerto, and young artist division of the Fourth St. Petersburg of World Music Culture Image International Competition, which was co-sponsored by the Russian Federation Education and the National Science Department and St. Petersburg Musicians Association. Her students have been accepted to conservatories and universities to pursue graduate degrees worldwide, including Austria, Germany, Russia, Italy, the United States, South Korea, Japan, as well as the Central and Shanghai conservatories. Due to her distinguished achievements, she was awarded "Outstanding Art Instructor of Shenyang Universities" by the Chinese Department of Education.