Emily Liu

Emily Liu, viola (San Francisco, CA), is currently pursuing her Bachelor Degree of Music in viola performance at the Juilliard School, studying with Hsin-Yun Huang and Misha Amory. She has previously studied with Jodi Levitz at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division. In previous years, Emily has participated in many orchestral and chamber music programs. She was a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra for several years, where she was the principal violist during the 2013-2014 season. In 2015, Emily became principal violist of the Juilliard Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Emily previously participated in the Verbena Viola Quintet in Susan Bates’ Young Chamber Musicians Program during the fall of 2012. Later the same year, she had the opportunity to perform the Mendelssohn Octet with the Borromeo Quartet, integrating technology by using laptops and reading off the original manuscript of the work. Currently a student at Juilliard, Emily is actively playing chamber music in a string quartet. Emily won 3rd place in the Northern California Viola Society Competition and also won “Best Performance” of the newly commissioned work “Fluttertude” composed by Kurt Rohde in March of 2013. In May of 2013, she won 2nd place in the Chinese Music Teacher Association of Northern California competition. Emily has worked with many renowned musicians in master classes and privately, with such people as Geraldine Walther, Cynthia Phelps, Jonathan Vinocour, Carol Rodland, and Ida Kavafian, among others. In past summers, Emily has attended Music@Menlo (2011, 2012) and the Aspen Music Festival (2013, 2014), where she was the assistant viola principal of the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra. In the summer of 2015, she had the opportunity to be a fellow at the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra Music Workshop in Aptos, California. This past winter of 2015, she participated in Juilliard’s annual ChamberFest - an intensive two-week chamber music program, performing the Mendelssohn Piano Sextet with some of her Juilliard colleagues under the coaching of Daniel Phillips. Past Yellow Barn Young Artists Program musician (Summer 2015).