劉明睿 Ming-Jui Liu Taiwanese Guitarist, Composer, and Arranger
“Ming’s appeal as a musician stems from a world-class technique coupled with the sensitivity and musicality of an artist who delves deeply into the style and interpretive aspects of music.” - American guitarist Jerry Willard
“As a composer, Ming-Jui’s composition style is very distinct. Conciseness of form and contrapuntal textures are just a few features of his music.” - Brasil Guitar Duo member João Luiz Rezende Lopes
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at National Taiwan University, Mr. Liu went on to pursue a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Classical Guitar Performance at State University of New York - Purchase Conservatory of Music.
Mr. Liu has been awarded for several prizes at various guitar competitions in Taiwan. He has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician in venues such as the National Concert Hall and Recital Hall (Taipei, Taiwan), Zhongshan Hall (Taipei, Taiwan), and the SUNY Purchase Recital Hall. In 2016, Mr. Liu was invited to give a solo recital in I Seminário Internacional de Violão do IFCE (Fortaleza, Brazil). In 2017, as a co-founder of Arvo Duo, Mr. Liu gave a duo recital in the 25th Long Island Guitar Festival.
In addition to his performing career, Mr. Liu is a prolific arranger and has published several arrangements for solo guitar and chamber music in important publications, including Gendai Guitar magazine in Japan and Taiwan Guitar Society. Several of his arrangements are also available on IMSLP.
As a composer, Mr. Liu’s solo guitar works The Magic Hour and Passacaglia: A Song for the Ropewalker, op. 1 have been published by Doberman-Yppan in 2017.
Mr. Liu’s principal teachers have included Chan-Juan Chiu, Zhong-Shing Shie, Kevin R. Gallagher, Frederic Hand, and João Luiz Rezende Lopes. He also studied harmony, composition, and arrangement with Wen-chuan Hu, Howie Kenty, and João Luiz Rezende Lopes.Currently, Mr. Liu is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University under the tutelage of guitarist and lutenist Jerry Willard.
Mr. Liu plays guitars made by Chih-Wei Liu (劉志偉) and Kolya Panhuyzen.
Arrangements and Transcriptions:
Unpublished works include transcriptions and arrangements by Bach, Ravel, Ryden, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, and Pärt.
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