Dr. Xiaomin Liang

Piano Faculty (Suzuki and Traditional)
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Suzuki Education
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Dr. Liang began her studies at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, and then came to the US where she attended Interlochen Arts Academy. She graduated from the Julliard School, receiving both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree where she was a pupil of Hui-su Chen.  Since moving to the US, she has studied with Victoria Mushkatkol at Interlochen Arts Academy.  She graduated from the Julliard School where she was on full scholarship, receiving both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. After, Dr. Liang went on to earn her Doctoral Degree in Piano Performance from Northwestern University. 

Significant teachers and mentors: 

All of Dr. Liang's significant teachers/mentors from over the years are individuals that she had the opportunity to work with once she came to the United States. They include Ursula Oppens from Northwestern University, Jerome Lowenthal from the Julliard School, and Victoria Mushkatkol from Interlochen Arts Academy.

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

One thing Dr. Liang follows diligently is the attention that she pays to her students while they're training. She wants to make sure that all students are well trained technically, but also have solid fundamentals. In addition, she likes to work with students and help them to develop their creativity and create their own artistic voice.

Awards and achievements: 

Praised by the New York Times for her vivid and exhilarating playing, Dr. Liang has performed in major concert venues such as Merkin Concert Hall, Avery Fischer Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Chicago Symphony Center, the Grand National Theater and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. 
As a chamber musician and recitalist, she has appeared in music festivals including the Beijing International music Festival, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Pianofest and the Gilmore Festival. 
Dr. Liang received top prizes at the China National Piano Competition for three consecutive years, the Five Town Piano Competition in New York, the Douglaston Young Artist Competition in Long Island, and the Thaviu/Isaak Scholarship Competition and Concerto Competition at Northwestern University. 
As a winner of the Artist International Competition, Dr. Liang made her debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie in 2000.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Dr. Liang is a member of MTNA and has served on the piano faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago since 2006.

Interests outside of music: 

Aside from the music world, Dr. Liang enjoys traveling, and photography.