Te-Chiang (Bacco) Liu
Violinist Te-Chiang (Bacco) Liu, a native of Taiwan, started the violin at age of 5, and was awarded the top prize at the Taiwan National Violin Competition in the Youth Division in 1996. He was accepted by the Queensland Conservatorium in Australia to study with renowned Australian teacher Carmel Kaine and won all violin prizes for two consecutive years. Liu received a bachelor of music in violin performance with honor from Shih-Chien University and was selected to be the concertmaster for the National Defense Symphony Orchestra, where he performed several state banquets for the President of Taiwan.
Liu was offered full scholarships to attend the Boston Conservatory, where he received a master's degree to study with Professor Lynn Chang in violin performance in 2009. He has been the concertmaster at numerous orchestra and chamber concerts at the Boston Conservatory and has participated in a collaborative performance with renowned artist Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Chang, where he was selected to lead the Hememway String Chamber Ensemble in 2009.
Liu came to University of Minnesota for a doctorate of music arts degree to study with Professor Young-Nam Kim with full scholarships. He has been a soloist with various orchestras in Taiwan, Australia and United States. He was also invited to perform internationally in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany and the U.S. In addition, he has been an enthusiastic orchestral musician. He was selected to participate at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Festival in 2009 to work closely and perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Liu served as concertmaster of the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra and Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, as well as guest concertmaster forthe Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. He currently performs as regular extra musician with the Minnesota Orchestra and as concertmaster with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. He was the founder and the artistic director of the Southwest Minnesota String Festival and the first violinist of the Meadowlark String Quartet. The Meadowlark String Quartet is currently in artistic partnership with St. Mary's University Winona. Liu teaches at St. Mary's University Winona and Yinghua Academy. In addition, he maintains an active private teaching studio in the Twin Cities metro area.