Xin Liu is currently completing an M.M. in Musicology at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. He received a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Nanjing Normal University in Nanjing, China. Before switching from performance to musicology, Xin worked as a program notes writer and music translator in China. He translated Edwin Fischer’s book Beethoven’s Pianoforte Sonatas, a guide for students & Amateurs, which will be published in 2020 by Sanlian Philharmonic Publishing House. He is also the program notes and lyrics translator for the 2019 Beijing Music Festival. Xin conducted several interviews with renowned musicians, including Jaap van Zweden and two Chinese “Cardiff Singers of the World,” Shenyang and Yang Guang. As a Baritone, Xin has performed in China and the United States in roles such as Perichaud and Rabonnier in Puccini’s La rondine, night visitor in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, and as a nameless soldier in the Chinese opera Sister Jiang.
Areas of interest: German lieder, German literature, Gregorian chant, Chinese art songs and the cross-cultural study of Chinese and western music.