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, Australia and United States. He was also invited to perform internationally in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, and U.S. In addition, Te-Chiang has been an enthusiastic orchestral musician. He was selected to participate prestigious Tanglewood Music Festival in 2009 to work closely and perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Te-Chiang was the Concertmaster of Southwest Minnesota Orchestra, Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra, and the Guest Concertmaster for Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Liu currently performs as regular extra musician with the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Concertmaster with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.
Te-Chiang was the founder and the Artistic Director of Southwest Minnesota String Festival, and the first violinist of Meadowlarks String Quartet. The Meadowlark string quartet is currently in Artistic Partnership with St. Mary's University Winona. Mr. Liu is on the faculty of St. Mary's University Winona. In addition, he maintains an active private teaching studio in Metro area.
Te-Chiang currently plays on a violin made by David Folland made in 2017.