Josh Liu is a freshman attending the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, studying with Brian Lewis.
He is a graduate of Wade Hampton High School, and the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC, where he studied chamber music and music theory/history.
Born in Shanghai, China, he began studying the violin at the age of five, and moved to the United States at the age of eight. His past teachers include Joanne Cohen and Dianne Pinner. He first appeared as soloist with the Greenville County Youth Orchestra at the age of thirteen.
Josh has attended the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Institute at the Kennedy Center, the Castleman String Quartet Program in New York, and the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina. In addition, he participated in the New York String Seminar in Carnegie Hall with Jamie Laredo, Joshua Bell and Yefim Bronfman, and The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Labor Day Festival.
His quartet, The Parnassus Quartet, won the Parker String Quartet Competition at the University of South Carolina, and he was a merit winner of the National Young/Arts Competition. He was also the MTNA Senior Division winner for South Carolina , and winner of the Carolina Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and Kennesaw State University Concerto Competition.
Outside of music, Josh enjoys juggling, playing catchy tunes on the piano, taking out invasive plants like Kudzu with his environmental club, and programming on his calculator.
Josh plays on an Oliver R. Radke violin, made in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2002, on generous loan by the Virtu Foundation.