We are pleased to share the following article by WRTI’s Kevin Gordon, host of these outstanding performances:
Steinway Artist Meng-Chieh Liu LIVE from WRTI 90.1: February 28 at 12:10 PM
Join us for the third live broadcast in our series celebrating the 165th anniversary of Steinway & Sons pianos, featuring Steinway artist Meng-Chieh Liu on February 28th at 12:10 pm. Meng-Chieh will play Schumann’s Eintritt from Waldszenen, Messiaen’s “Le Baiser de l’enfant Jesus,” and a Rachmaninoff Polka. WRTI’s Kevin Gordon is host.
Born in Taiwan, Meng-Chieh made headlines in 1993 as a 21-year-old student at The Curtis Institute of Music when he substituted at last-minute’s notice for André Watts at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.
That concert was followed by a number of performances, including a recital at the Kennedy Center and a concert on the Philadelphia All-Star series.
An appearance with the Philadelphia Orchestra had to be called off when Meng-Chieh came down with a rare illness. He was in the hospital for a year, but his determination along with physical therapy restored Meng-Chieh to health to full and he is once again performing on the concert stage.
Last season, Meng-Chieh appeared with orchestras in Philadelphia, Miami, Beijing, Shenzhen, Kunming, Qindao, and Taichung, collaborating with conductors Long Yu, Daye Lin, Kah Chun Wong, Guoyong Zhang and David Wetherill. He was the featured soloist with the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra.