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Biography

Born in Xinjiang, China, Quinn Kun Liu began her cello studies at age of seven and won her first cello competition at ten. Quinn received her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance at The Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China and Master’s Degree from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she received a full scholarship. 

As an orchestra musician, Quinn has served as the principal cello and cellist in a variety of orchestras such as the Oregon Sinfonietta, Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Inland Valley Symphony. Previously, she also played in Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra and Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra in China. Quinn is an active chamber musician and she has been invited and performed in several music festivals in the United States and Asia.

In addition to music performance, Quinn is very experienced in teaching cello as well as working in musical administration.

In 2013, she was nominated to coach the cello section in Kurt Sassmannshaus’ Starling Foundation in Cincinnati. Quinn was a cello instructor at the Opus school of Music, Oregon Music Academy, Musicality Network, Music Academy of San Diego, Old Town Academy, Help You Achieve Academy. In the area of administration, Quinn was the executive assistant of the Great Wall International Music Academy since 2012 and she was the administrative assistant in the Virtuoso Music Academy. 

Quinn moved to Portland, Oregon on 2017 and joined the Portland Columbia symphony on 2019. Currently, Quinn manages her home studio at Bethany area and works as the executive assistant at the Bravo! International Music Academy since 2016.

Aside from music, Quinn has a great interest in fashion, travel, fine food and she also works as director of operations at Abroad & Future Inc. for International Education Programs.

​Repertoire

Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007                                                 J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Cello Suite No. 2 in G Major, BWV 1008                                                 J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Cello Suite No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1009                                                 J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Cello Suite No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1010                                                 J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Cello Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 1011                                                 J. S. Bach (1685-1750)

Sonata for Piano and cello in D Major, Op. 6, No. 6                     Pietro Locatelli (1695-1764)

Cello Concerto No.1 in C major, Hob.VIIb:1                                    Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Cello Concerto No.2 in D major, Hob.VIIb:2                                    Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Cello Sonata No.1 in F Major, Op.5 No.1                          Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Cello Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op.5 No.2                         Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Cello Sonata No.3 in A Major, Op.69                                Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Cello Sonata No.5 in D Major, Op.102 No.2                     Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Sonata for cello and piano, Op. 65                                              Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129                                         Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73                                                             Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Cello Concerto in D minor                                                               Édouard Lalo (1823 -1892)

Sonata for piano and cello No.1 in E minor, Op. 38              Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Sonata for piano and cello No.2 in F Major, Op.99                Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Cello Concerto No.1, Op.33                                                  Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

Nocturne, Op. 19 No. 4                                                              Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33                                    Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Cello Concerto in B minor Op. 104   ​                                           Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904)

Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85                                                    Edward Elgar (1857-1934)

Sonata for cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 19                  Sergei Rachmaninoff (1893-1945)

Cello Concerto No. 1 in G minor                                              Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-1987)

Le Grand Tango                                                                              Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

Sonata for cello solo                                                                        György  Ligeti (1923-2006)