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. The conciseness of form and contrapuntal textures are just a few features of his music.”
- Brasil Guitar Duo member João Luiz Rezende Lopes
劉明睿 Ming-Jui Liu
A Taiwan native. Ming-Jui has received several awards at various competitions in Taiwan and in the U.S. 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, Ming-Jui 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, Ming-Jui gave a duo recital in the 25th Long Island Guitar Festival. In 2018, Ming-Jui was a festival artist and judge in the 4th Qinling Mountains International Guitar Festival (Shaanxi, China).
In addition to his performing career, Ming-Jui is a prolific arranger and has published several arrangements for solo guitar and chamber music in important publications, including Gendai Guitar in Japan and Taiwan Guitar Society. Several of his arrangements are also available on IMSLP.
As an internationally recognized composer, Ming-Jui’s The Magic Hour, Passacaglia: A Song for the Ropewalker, Monologue No. 1 & 2, and Summer Nights of Formosa have been published by Canadian publishing house Doberman-Yppan. His Mirror of the Sunshine, op. 3 for violin and guitar, won the 3rd Place in The American Prize in Composition— (instrumental chamber music) student division, 2019-20. In 2022, Ming-Jui received a commission from the Guitar Foundation of America to write a duo piece, The Rainy Ketagalan Harbor, for the mentorship program.
Ming-Jui holds his Doctor of Musical Arts in Classical Guitar Performance at Stony Brook University. His principal teachers have included Chan-Juan Chiu, Zhong-Shing Shie, Show-Lee Huang, Kevin R. Gallagher, Frederic Hand, João Luiz Rezende Lopes, Adam Holzman, and Jerry Willard. Ming-Jui also studied harmony, composition, and arrangement with Wen-Chuan Hu, Howie Kenty, and João Luiz Rezende Lopes.
As a sought-after teacher, Ming-Jui enjoys teaching all levels of students. He was a substitute teacher at Purchase College (NY, USA) and Stony Brook University (NY, USA), and an undergraduate chamber music coach at Stony Brook University. Since Fall 2022, Ming-Jui served as a faculty member at Shaoguan University.
Ming-Jui’s new album: Nostalgia: Original Compositions & Arrangements I is now available via Apple iTunes, Amazon music, and Spotify.
Arrangements and Transcriptions:
Unpublished works include transcriptions and arrangements by Bach, Ryden, Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, and Pärt.
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