Dr. Kexi Liu , a native of China, came to the United States in 1984. He received his Master of Music Degree at East Carolina University in 1987 and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1993. He is the first person to receive a doctorate in violin performance in the University of North Carolina system and is also the first from Mainland China to receive such a degree. Since 1991, he has been on the music faculty at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU). He is currently a tenured professor of music at MSSU, director and conductor of Southern Symphony Orchestra, and director of Missouri Southern Suzuki Violin Academy.
Dr. Liu is an active performer. Before he came to America, he had been a first violin in the China Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, now China Philharmonic Orchestra and one of the major orchestras in China, and had taught at Beijing Broadcasting College, now The Communication University of China.
He frequently performs solo recitals and chamber music concerts and conducts orchestral concerts in America, Asia, and Europe. He is enthusiastic about introducing Chinese music to American people. He performed the American premiere of the first Chinese violin concerto, Liang and Zhu-The Butterfly Lovers, in 1992 and conducted the American premiere of the string orchestra version of The Reflection of the Moon on Erquan Spring. In 2007, he conducted the world premiere of a commissioned work by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Zhou Long. He has also conducted internationally-themed concerts of different countries including Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, and Germany. He has collaborated with such artists as Chuanyun Li, Max Barros, Spencer Myer, Avan Yu, Tatiana Tessman, Angie Cheng, and Langning Liu as well as the orchestras of Henan Opera and Dance Theater, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and Sichuan Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Liu is a sought-after adjudicator, judging at regional and state festivals and competitions. Dr. Liu is also a published author. His publications in music include two books, translations, and articles including The Western Music and Its Schools, The Enjoyment of Music, and one article on violin teaching published in the prestigious British journal, The Strad.
Dr. Kexi Liu was honored with the Outstanding Teacher Award in 2003 and Outstanding International Education Teacher in 2010, two top faculty awards at Missouri Southern State University.
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