Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Tze-Fang Liu began her violin study at the age of nine. She showed great musical potential and ability immediately. After only 18 months of study, she entered the Young Violinist Competition broadcasted on the Taiwan National Television and won the “Ultimate Champion” title after 25 rounds. From 1986 to 1989, she won several first prize titles in the Taipei Children and Young Artists Music Competitions. At age 13, she made her debut in the National Concert Hall in Taipei. Ms. Liu also exhibits strong leadership in both chamber music and orchestral work. From 1993 to 1994, she served as concertmaster of the Bach Chamber Orchestra and performed nationwide in Taiwan. Later, she joined the concert tours of the Taipei Sinfonietta & Philharmonic Orchestra, performing in New York and Boston Symphony Hall in 1995.
During the same year, she was awarded full scholarship to participate in the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program in California. A year later, she attended the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado and had the opportunity to work with some of today’s greatest musicians, such as James Conlon, Masao Kawasaki, Lynn Harrell and Simon Mulligan. Under the sponsorship of the Culture Department in 1997, she was selected as the most gifted young violinist and attended the renowned Paris Conservatory as an exchanged student.
After receiving her bachelor degree from the National Institute of the Arts (Now as Taipei National University of the Arts) in Taipei, Taiwan in 1998, she was granted a scholarship from Yale University and began her violin study with violin virtuoso, Erick Friedman. While at Yale, she was active in chamber music and worked closely with reputable Tokyo String Quartet. She received her Master degree with distinguished awards and honors in 2000 and continued her Artist Diploma degree at Yale University under Dean’s scholarship. In 2001, Ms. Liu was granted full fellowship to pursue her doctoral study at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where she studied with renowned violinist and chamber musician Arnold Steinhardt from Guarneri String Quartet. She received her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in 2006. She has served as concertmaster and principal of Yale Philharmonic and Rutgers University Orchestra, and has made numerous performances as a soloist, a chamber musician and an orchestral player. She has worked with New Jersey Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Columbus Chamber Orchestra, and Norwalk Symphony and has appeared in many concert halls, including the New Jersey Symphony Hall, the Weill Recital Hall and the Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2007 and 2008, she joined National Orchestra and Choir of Spain and Palau de Les Arts Valencia Orchestra under the baton of Lorin Maazel, and performed in numerous concert halls in Spain. Her interest in jazz music has brought her concert engagements with jazz legends Ray Charles and Dave Brubeck.