Assistant Principal Cello
Adam Liu joined the PSO as Assistant Principal Cello in 2003. Prior to this appointment Mr. Liu held the position of Associate Principal Cello with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit for 6 seasons, including the entire 99-00 season as acting Principal Cello. He participated in many international tours and is featured on CD recordings with Montreal.
Adam Liu was born in Tianjin, in the north of China. He came to the US in 1986 after being offered a full scholarship from the Piatigorsky Foundation to study at Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore with Stephen Kates. After completion of study in Maryland he was offered full scholarship to study further at the University of Southern California with Lynn Harrell. After completion of Masters study, Mr. Liu joined the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra where he met his wife, violinist Annette Liu, and where his two children, Karina and Kevin were born.
Mr. Liu began musical life at the age of 6 with intense study of the erhu-a two stringed Chinese musical instrument. Taking the advice of his family, he switched to the cello, with the newly available study of western music. The erhu has always held a special place in his heart, as it represents his childhood and country of birth. He enjoys playing the erhu in his spare time.
Adam has been featured soloist with many fine orchestras world-wide, including the symphonies of Montreal, Victoria, Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, San Antonio, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh.
He plays on a fine Italian cello made in 1759 by Paolo Antonio Testore.
Mr. Liu teaches cello privately and as Adjunct Professor of cello at Duquesne University.