Famed pianist Liu Meng-Chieh visited Studio Classroom headquarters recently and gave an exclusive interview to Studio Classroom magazine on his journey in music and how he overcame a life-deliberating illness. He is the cover star for Studio Classroom magazine’s January issue. He was thrilled to meet Dr. Doris Brougham for the first time and gave a private performance to Brougham and Studio Classroom staff playing Liszt’s Gondoliera.
Liu shared how he first started learning English by listening to Brougham on Studio Classroom as a child growing up in Kaohsiung. At the young age of 13, Liu left Taiwan for the US to study at the Curtis Institute of Music. He shot to fame in his early 20s but suffered a severe illness that affected his immune system that almost ended his career.
Through it all, Liu’s passion for music and persistence drove him forward. Liu went on to become a top performance pianist and taught world-renowned pianists including Lang Lang and Yuja Wang. Today, Liu continues to perform and train the next generation of pianists at the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory.