A pianist “evoking Shura Cherkassky and Georges Cziffra in a single breath.”
“Spontaneity is a feature that makes his performances feel constantly alive … Thanks to live recordings we can listen back over the history of past winners in their competition performances. Liu has little to fear from the comparisons. This is a pianist with a captivating musical personality.”
The Financial Times
“Forget the Chopin Competition element of this release and listen to it simply as one of the most distinguished Chopin recitals of recent years, full of maturity, character and purpose”
“On first encounter, there seems something attractively straightforward about his approach; an elegance and lightness of touch…”
“Liu can do the impeccable glitter, but his playing is more than pyrotechnics. It is powerful, polished, and emanates from a disciplined mind.”
“You don’t always know where Bruce Liu is taking you, but you feel compelled to follow him“
Bruce Liu was brought to the world’s attention in 2021, when he won the First Prize at the 18th Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. Since then he has toured the world, appearing at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, BOZAR Brussels, Tokyo Opera City, Sala São Paulo, and the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Orchestral appearances also include the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the 2022-23 season, Mr. Liu will appear in recital on the main stage of Carnegie Hall while orchestral appearances include performances with the Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Wiener Symphoniker at the Musikverein. His festival appearances include la Roque d’Anthéron, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Rheingau, Edinburgh, Chopin and his Europe, Duszniki, and Gstaad Menuhin. Past highlights include performance with the Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and a tour of North America with the China NCPA Orchestra.
An exclusive recording artist with Deutsche Grammophon, Mr. Liu’s first album featuring the winning performances from the Chopin Competition won a Fryderyk Award and received international acclaim including both the Critics’ choice and Editor’s choice in Gramophone Magazine, which proclaimed his debut disc as “simply one of the most distinguished Chopin recitals of recent years”. They also included it in the list of Best classical albums of 2021, and described Mr. Liu’s playing as “evoking Shura Cherkassky and Georges Cziffra in a single breath”
Born in Paris to Chinese parents, Bruce Liu grew up in Montreal. His life has been steeped in cultural diversity, which has shaped his differences in attitude, personality and character. He draws on various sources of inspiration for his art: European refinement, Chinese long tradition, North American dynamism and openness. Following his artist path with optimism and a smile, his teachers include Richard Raymond and Dang Thai Son.