Broadcast: Rachmaninoff with Meng-Chieh Liu and Students

  • Broadcast, Faculty Recital
  • Aug 21, 2024 @ 6:00 P.M.

This summer, enjoy the magic of the Curtis Recital Series from home with our summer broadcast series. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to enjoy never-before-broadcast performances every Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Join us for a special celebration of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s piano repertoire with a performance by faculty Meng-Chieh Liu, who celebrates his 30th anniversary of teaching at Curtis, alongside his students.


RACHMANINOFF Six Morceaux for Four Hands, Op. 11

Delvan Lin, piano
Meng-Chieh Liu, piano

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45, transcr. Rachmaninoff for Two Pianos

Meng-Chieh Liu, piano
Elias Ackerley, piano

RACHMANINOFF Suite No. 1, Op. 5 (“Fantaisie Tableaux”)

Meng-Chieh Liu, piano
Elijah Orlenko, piano

Suite No. 2, Op. 17

Lynn Ye, piano
Meng-Chieh Liu, piano


  • Meng-Chieh Liu Piano

    A recipient of the 2002 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Meng-Chieh Liu first made headlines in 1993 as a 21-year-old student, when he substituted for André Watts at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with three hours’ notice. His acclaimed performance was followed by a recital at the Kennedy Center, among other highly praised appearances.

    He has appeared with orchestras under conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Gustavo Dudamel, and Alan Gilbert, among others. His concerts have been broadcast around the world, and Taiwanese National Television has aired a documentary on his life. A dedicated chamber musician, he has collaborated with Shmuel Ashkenasi, James Buswell, Bernard Greenhouse, David Soyer, Wendy Warner, and the Borromeo and St. Lawrence string quartets. He was artistic director of Chicago Chamber Musicians from 2011 to 2014; and has also collaborated with artists in other disciplines, including Mikhail Baryshnikov and his White Oak Dance Project.

    Mr. Liu received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Jorge Bolet, Eleanor Sokoloff, and Claude Frank. He won first prizes in the Stravinsky, Asia Pacific Piano, and Mieczyslaw Munz competitions.

    Mr. Liu has been a member of the Curtis Institute of Music faculty since 1993 and also serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory.

About the Performers

Elias Ackerley, from Shrewsbury, England, a student of Meng-Chieh Liu, is the Gay Elliot Scott Fellow and entered Curtis in 2019 

Delvan Lin, from Auckland, New Zealand, a student of Meng-Chieh Liu, is the Karolyn Kirksey Holler Fellow and entered Curtis in 2023 

Elijah Orlenko, from Toronto, a student of Meng-Chieh Liu, is the Wike Family Fellow and entered Curtis in 2023 

Lynn Ye, from Ningbo, China, a student of Meng-Chieh Liu, is the Harold and Helene Schonberg Fellow and entered Curtis in 2022 

    • Date Aug 21, 2024
    • Time 6:00 P.M.