Violinist Te-Chiang (Bacco) Liu, a native of Taiwan, started the violin at age of five. Mr. Liu was awarded the top prize at the Taiwan National Violin Competition in the Youth Division in 1996. Mr. Liu was accepted by the Queensland Conservatorium in Australia to study with renowned Australian Teacher, Carmel Kaine and won all Violin Prizes for two consecutive years. Te-Chiang received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance with Honor from Shih-Chien University, and was selected to be the Concertmaster for the National Defense Symphony Orchestra where he performed several state banquets for the President of Taiwan.
Te-Chiang was offered full scholarships to attend the Boston Conservatory where he received a Masters Degree to study with Professor Lynn Chang in Violin Performance in 2009. Te-Chiang has been the Concertmaster at numerous orchestra and chamber concerts at the Boston Conservatory and has participated in a collaborative performance with renowned artist Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Chang, where he was selected to lead the Hememway String Chamber Ensemble in 2009.
Mr. Liu came to University of Minnesota for Doctoral of Music Arts degree to study with Professor Young-Nam Kim with full scholarships. Te-Chiang has been a soloist with various orchestras in Taiwan and Australia. He was also invited to perform in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany and U.S throughout the years. In addition, Te-Chiang has been an enthusiastic orchestral musician. He was invited to attend Tanglewood Music Festival in 2009 to work closely and perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Te-Chiang is currently the Concertmaster of Southwest Minnesota Orchestra and Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, as well as a regular extra musician for the Minnesota Orchestra. He is the founder and the Artistic Director of Southwest Minnesota String Festival, and the first violinist of Meadowlarks String Quartet, the resident string quartet of Southwest Minnesota Orchestra.
Te-Chiang currently serves on the faculty of St. Mary's University Winona and Southwest Minnesota State University. In addition, Te-Chiang maintains an active private teaching studio in Metro area.