Yang & Olivia

November 13, 2021
7:30 p.m.

Orlin Trapp Auditorium

Virtuosic Violin & Piano Duo

Husband and wife duo Yang and Olivia are virtuosic talents who create an unforgettable storytelling event on violin and piano. Their programs feature combinations of Chinese music and Western classical. In recent years, not only have they traveled to more than 30 cities in the United States, they have also been performing and teaching in China, Portugal, Brazil, and Taiwan. Through music, this dynamic duo share their messages of joy, love and faith. Currently they are both faculty of VanderCook College of Music

Yang and Olivia have appeared together as a duo internationally and in the U.S. highlighted by performances at major festivals and venues, such as Ravinia Festival, Kennedy Center, Oficina Music Festival in Brazil, Algarve Music Festival in Portugal and throughout their homeland China, among others. They believe music sharing is sharing life and not just a demonstration of technical brilliance and virtuosity. 



Yang Liu

Yang Liu’s playing has been praised as “a scorching performance! ” by The New York Times and “...from China, with dazzling talent!” by Washington Post. Yang Liu is the winner of China’s National Violin Competition and a prize winner of the Twelfth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He has performed as a soloist with world leading orchestras including Cincinnati Symphony orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Danish Royal Odense Philharmonic to name a few. His award winning album “Song of Nostalgia” showcases his virtuosity and musicality. His repertoire ranges from baroque to the most contemporary works, and from western classical to eastern traditional. An avid advocate of cultural exchange via classical music, he is a founder of Yang and Olivia Foundation and Momento Virtuosi, a chamber ensemble of diverse ethnicity and instrumentation. 

Born in QingDao, China, Yang studied in Central Conservatory with Professor Yaoji Lin in Beijing China and College Conservatory of music in Cincinnati with professor Kurt Sassmannshaus and Dorothy Delay. Under the extraordinary ability immigration program, Mr. Liu became American citizen in 2014.  

a scorching performance!

-–-The New York Times

Olivia Tsai

In addition to touring as part of Yang and Olivia duo, Olivia (a.k.a. Dr. I-Hsuan Tsai) has appeared as soloist with QingDao Concert Hall Orchestra, Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and Highland Park Strings. She was the staff pianist of world renowned Aspen Music Festival and Musicorda Music Festival in US, as well as artist faculty/performer of Oficina Music Festival, Curitiba Music Festival in Brazil and Algarve Music Festival in Portugal. In addition to performances, She currently serves as chair of Theory and Piano and associate professor at VanderCook College of Music. Her book "Schubert's Piano Trios" was invited to publish by Scholar's Press in Germany, and was published in 2014. She co-founded Yang and Olivia Foundation to promote cultural exchange via classical music between China and the US.


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