Yiu-Hsuan Liao

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Assistant Professor of Music
Music and Art

EMAIL: yliao@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: F-1130O

Office Hours: Wed., Thurs. (1-2 p.m.)

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=3007

Assistant Professor and pianist Amber Yiu-Hsuan Liao has presented solo performances in venues such as Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Temple Square in Utah, the Chicago Cultural Center and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan.
Professor Liao’s first solo album of works by Granados, Schumann and Beethoven was released by MSR Classics in 2010.

MusicWeb International praised the album, describing Liao’s playing as “energetic and brisk… elegant and thoughtful.” Fanfare commented on her “very impressive and well-thought-out program,” and Audiophile Audition noted that Liao’s Granados “captures the folk element in the music very well, bringing color and dash to her performance.”

An active collaborative pianist as well as soloist, Amber Liao’s collaborations with vocalists and instrumentalists have led to performances in the CAMI Hall, Symphony Space and the Lenox Athenaeum, among others.

Professor Liao began her musical training in Taiwan and continued her studies in the U.S. with Boris Slutsky and Arkady Aronov. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Manhattan School of Music and a Master of Music from the Peabody Institute. Amber Liao is the winner of the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, the Taiwan Classical Music Society Young Artist and the Lillian Fuchs Memorial Chamber Music Competition.

Before joining the faculty at Borough of Manhattan Community College, The City University of New York (BMCC/CUNY), Professor Liao taught at Montclair State University and Seton Hall University, and was on the faculty of the Horne School of Music at Snow College as the Director of Piano/Theory. She is a certified adjudicator for the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), and has served as a juror for numerous regional and national competitions.

Selected recordings of Amber Liao’s performances can be heard online, and she performs widely in the New York City area.


Piano, Piano performance, Piano Pedagogy, Collaborative Piano, Aural Skills, Music Theory


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Piano, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
  • Master of Music in Piano Performance, Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance, Manhattan School of Music, NYC

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • Lecture recital on “Promoting Equity in Concert Programming: Piano Solo Works by Asian Female Composers” at National Conference Piano Pedagogy, Lombard, IL, July 26, 2019.
  • Lecture Recital on “Piano Music of Fanny Mendelssohn” at Music by Women Festival in Mississippi University for Women, MS, March 2, 2018.
  • Presentation on “An interdisciplinary approach to teaching music appreciation” at Northeast College Music Society Conference, University of Delaware, DE, March 24, 2018.
  • Lecture Recital on “Embracing Diversity: Multicultural Piano Repertoire for Developing Pianists” at Music by Northeast College Music Society Conference, SUNY Plattsburgh, March 18, 2017


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Cycle 50 PSC‐CUNY Research Award, Traditional A, 2019-2020
  • Faculty Fellowship Publication Program Award (FFPP), 2018-2019
  • Lillian Fuchs Memorial Chamber Music Competition
  • Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition

Additional Information

website: amberliao.com