Piano Department Coordinator
Born in Taiwan, Richard Liu graduated with a MMus with First Class Honours in Piano Performance at the University of Auckland and a MMus in Accompanying at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London with a full bursary. He studied under Bryan Sayer, Rae de Lisle, Sarah Watkins, Donald Bowick, Susan Tomes, Graham Johnson, Eugene Asti and Robin Bowman. After returning from his studies in London, he worked in various different roles as an artistic teacher in piano performance, artistic teacher in-studio piano pedagogy, voice coach, staff accompanist, and assistant to various teaching studios at the University of Auckland.
He has collaborated with various organisations including Auckland Choral, Voices New Zealand, University Singers, New Zealand Opera, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Opus Orchestra, Waitakere Orchestra, Queenstown Violin Summer School and Westlake Girls High School. He was a tutor for the former University of Auckland Academy of Music and the Pettman National Academy. He now coordinates the piano program at Albany School of Music & Remuera Music Academy, as well as adjudicating regional competitions, and examining for NZMEB.
Past and Present student success include KBB National Secondary Chamber Music Prize, student selected for the National Young Musician of the Year, Wallace National Junior Piano Competition finalist, regional competition prizes, students gaining overall top mark in ABRSM exam, gaining entrance to piano performance program at the University of Auckland, Manhattan School of Music, Royal Welsh Academy of Music & Drama, Sydney Conservatoire and Singapore Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.