Kenneth Liao, violin


Kenneth Liao is currently a violin fellow with the New World Symphony. Born in Maryland, Mr. Liao began playing the violin at the age of 8. He received his bachelor of music degree from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Midori Goto, and recently completed his master of music degree at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of David Chan. He made his solo debut with the National Philharmonic Orchestra at the Music Center at Strathmore, and subsequently appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the National Orchestral Institute, Diamond Bar Symphony and Landon Symphonette.

As a passionate orchestral musician, Mr. Liao has served as concertmaster of the New World Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, USC Thornton Symphony, National Orchestral Institute, and the Academy Festival Orchestra at the Music Academy of the West. He has collaborated as a substitute violinist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and appeared in ensemble and solo performances at venues including Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, the Kennedy Center, Suntory Hall, and Sapporo Concert Hall Kitara, among others.

Outside of the violin, Mr. Liao is obsessed with the bassoon and the art of reed-making. He is an avid opera lover, and enjoys hiking, practicing yoga, and cooking.

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