London based flautist Michael Liu has been praised by the German newspaper Nordbayerischer Kurier for his very expressive interpretation “…interpretierten die jungen Künstler mit großer Ausdrucksstärke…” He has been selected as a second prize winner at the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition 2013 (New York, USA). Michael has also been named as an International Artist by the Concordia Foundation, won the Nicholas Blake Prize of the Royal Academy of Music and the June-Emerson Launchpad Prize with the Ellipsis Quintet in 2010, as well as winning the first prizes at the Rochester Flute Association Flute Competition 2006 (New York, USA) and the Bowling Green State University Chamber Music Competition 2007 (Ohio, USA) – shortly after that he was invited to perform a chamber music prelude concert of Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica’s concert at the E. J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall in Akron (Ohio, USA).
An avid solo, chamber music, as well as orchestral musician, Michael has performed in more than 50 cities across Europe, North America and Asia. He was recently invited to be the Guest Flute Soloist B at the Orquestra do Norte in Portugal for their Summer Season & Tour 2013. So far, Michael has played under the baton of Sir Colin Davis, Edward Gardner, Trevor Pinnock, Thierry Fischer, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Leonard Slatkin, Sebastian Weigle, Patrick Lange, Roger Boutry, José Ferreira Lobo, Samuel Adler, Charles Neidich, Dominic Wheeler, Nicholas Collon and Toby Purser. He has also appeared on stage with Guernsey Sinfonietta, Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London, London Contemporary Orchestra, Orchestra of the Riverside Opera, Orpheus Sinfonia, London Soloists Philharmonia, Orchestra Musica Romantica, London Firebird Orchestra, Orchestra Vitae, Multi-Story Orchestra, London Arts Orchestra, Les Voix Nouvelles Symphony Orchestra, Northern Chords Festival Orchestra, Outcry Chamber Orchestra, Oxford Spezzati Orchestra, London Arte Chamber Orchestra, Ashover Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, Bayreuth Young Artist Music Festival Orchestra (Bayreuth, Germany), Camerata Notturna (New York, USA), Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra (New York, USA), Dearborn Symphony Orchestra (Michigan, USA), as well as the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Opera Sinfonia, Wind and Manson Ensemble.
Recent performances include a solo performance at the Wigmore Hall, concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Westminster Cathedral, Kings Place, National Portrait Gallery, St James’s Piccadilly, Christ Church Spitalfields, Liverpool Philharmonic (Liverpool, UK), Sage Gateshead (New Castle), the Anvil (Basingstoke, UK), Royal Concert Hall (Nottingham, UK), Venue Cymru (Llandudno, UK), Carnegie Hall (New York City, USA), Ford Performing Arts Centre (Michigan, USA), Stadthalle (Bayreuth, Germany), Françoys-Bernier Concert Hall (Quebec, Canada), National Concert Hall (Taipei, Taiwan) as well as the Duke’s Hall and David Josefowitz Recital Hall of the Royal Academy of Music. He has also been featured on BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’ programme live broadcast playing with Trevor Pinnock, hosted by Petroc Trelawny, as well as a recent appearance on the BBC World Service ‘Impact’ programme. In summer 2008, he was selected to play in a recording session for the Naxos company with the Hot Springs Music Festival Chamber Orchestra (Arkansas, USA) alongside the principal flute of Memphis Symphony Orchestra (Tennessee, USA), Karen Busler.
Michael has a wide-ranging repertoire, from the traditional flute literature to the less familiar. He is also an experienced interpreter of contemporary music, having played with the Azalea Ensemble and the Manson Ensemble of the Royal Academy of Music on many occasions, as well as with the London Contemporary Orchestra at the Roundhouse in Camden and the Multi-Story Orchestra in the Oval Space under the baton of Christopher Stark. He was featured in the New Music Festivals of the Mid-American Centre for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University in 2005 & 2006 and in the New Music Festival of the Long Island Composer Alliance 2007 at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York, premiering new compositions and collaborating with composers, as well as recording two albums with the Bowling Green Philharmonia on the Albany Records label, including works by Avner Dorman and Steven Bryant.
He is a founding member of the dynamic new wind ensemble, the Ellipsis Quintet, with whom he not only has won the Nicholas Blake Prize at the Academy and the June-Emerson Launchpad Prize 2010, but also was selected as semi-finalist in the Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition 2010. The Ellipsis Quintet has appeared in concerts at the St Martin-in-the-Fields, Regent Hall, the Forge in Camden, Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, Duke’s Hall and the David Josefowitz Recital Hall of the Royal Academy of Music, as well as a recent collaboration with the prizewinner of the Leeds International Piano Competition, Chiao-Ying Chang, performing Poulenc’s Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet.
Michael is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (London, UK), where he was awarded the Master of Arts degree with an LRAM Diploma in 2010 under the tutelage of professor William Bennett OBE and professor Kate Hill. He also received an MA from Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, City University of New York (New York City, USA) in 2008, where he studied with the former 2nd flautist of the New York Philharmonic, Renée Siebert, as a scholarship student; as well as gaining a Performer’s Certificate from Bowling Green State University (Ohio, USA) in 2006, where he was on a full scholarship and served as the Teaching Assistant of Flute. Michael has also received piccolo lessons from Patricia Morris whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music, as well as guidance on orchestral piccolo playing from Keith Bragg, Jeffery Zook and Jennifer Gunn.
Michael happily plays on an Altus AL Flute (1807 model), with a headjoint made especially for him in his presence by Miguel Arista.
When not playing the flute, Michael enjoys spending time with his friends, travelling and exploring new restaurants. After growing up in Taiwan, Michael now makes his home in London.