Chinese countertenor Chuanyuan Liu began pursuing singing just over three years ago, but quickly found his artistic voice in the countertenor realm. He recently made his debut with the Albany Symphony, performing art song concerts for the Clara Schumann Festival. In 2019, he debuted the role of Damon in Handel’s Acis and Galatea with the Broad Street Orchestra, and participated in renowned composer Joan Tower’s Music Alive! program, in which he was praised for his "natural, sensitive feel with embedded lyrical nuance" (The Millbrook Independent). This spring, Chuanyuan performed as Mercédès in Bard College’s unconventional opera production Rest in Pieces: In Memory of Opera, and will soon appear as the alto soloist in Bach’s Magnificat in D with The Orchestra Now, conducted by James Bagwell.
Chuanyuan received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Statistics from University of Virginia. During his time at UVA, Chuanyuan was in the Performance Concentration Program and Distinguished Major Program of the McIntire Department of Music, and was one of the 21 Miller Arts Scholars of the Class of 2019. He was a recipient of the University Award for Project in the Arts and the Brander Wyatt Morrison Prize, and graduated with High Distinction. Now a first-year master's student at Bard College Conservatory of Music, Chuanyuan is the first countertenor in their Graduate Vocal Arts Program, studying with Joan Patenaude-Yarnell.
His previous roles and scene credits include Orphée (Orphée et Eurydice), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Nireno (Giulio Cesare), Sandmann (Hänsel und Gretel), Fidalma (Il matrimonio segreto), and Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea). Previous training programs include Oberlin in Italy, Curtis Summerfest, Virginia Baroque Performance Academy, and Chicago Summer Opera. This June, Chuanyuan will be a vocal apprentice at the Vocal Academy of the Collaborative Piano Institute, and later in the summer, he will join the Chautauqua Institution as a young artist.