Liu Hao-yu

Founder of Melody Strings

Mr Liu Hao Yu started learning the violin with Li Hou-yi as a child. In 1985, he was accepted into the Hebei Arts School, studying in the studios of Liu Jun-ying and Professor Wang Zhi-long.

In 1991, Hao-yu began his studies in viola at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing under Professor Sui Ke-qiang. Upon graduating, he was invited to give Masterclasses at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in the States, and began his tenure at the Central Conservatory of Music in China.

This led to his pursuance of advanced studies in viola at the University of Southern California under the tutelage of Professor Evan N. Wilson. Hao-yu performed with many orchestras while in college; he was the only violist from California and held the seat of Principal Violist in the Disney Grammy Collegiate Orchestra, was the Principal Violist of Chautauqua Festival Orchestra, Associate Principal Violist in both the Young Musicians Foundation’s Debut Orchestra and the American Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Hao-yu has since joined the Singapore Symphony Orchestra as a violist and has been invited to teach violin at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ (NAFA) School of Young Talent; simultaneously being appointed viola lecturer at NAFA, a viola tutor of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra and is also a Visiting Professor of viola studies at the China Conservatory of Music.

Having taught for more than twenty years, Hao-yu’s violin and viola students have gone on to gain admittance into established conservatories in Singapore, China, the United Kingdom, and the United States, such as NAFA, School of The Arts (SoTA), and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, in Singapore, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, the Julliard School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music and the Yehudi Menuhin School.

Hao-yu’s violin students consists winners of the Singapore National Piano and Violin Competition, ‘Passion of Music’ Competition in New York and the Malaysian National Youth Festival in 2014. His students in both violin and viola have been invited to perform at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) High Scorers Concerts.

Helming Melody Strings Art Center as Director, Hao-yu is the primary expert on benchmarking a quality music education in stringed instruments. He believes in nurturing children into well-rounded musicians through instruction in both performance and theory, complemented by opportunities to perform as a soloist in competitions and as a sensitive orchestral player.