Liqian Zhao is currently an Artist Diploma student at Texas Christian University, studying with Dr. Jesús Castro-Balbi. In 2003, she was admitted to the Middle School of the China Conservatory of Music. While, there she studied with Professor Shen Hequn, Principal Cellist of the China National Symphony Orchestra. Liqian took part in the Beijing International Music Camp in 2004 where she won the Best Performance Award. She also attended the American Pennsylvania Conservatory of Music in “the song of music” summer camp in 2005.
Liqian was an orchestra student in the Central Conservatory of Music from 2009-2013. She participated in the Great Wall International Music Summer Camp in 2010 where she performed the Haydn C Major Cello Concerto with string orchestra, winning second place in the Concerto Competition and first place in the String Quartet Competition. In 2011, Liqian became the Principal Cellist of the China Youth Symphony Orchestra. She was accepted and toured with the Asian Youth Orchestra in 2012. That same year, Liqian won a bonus from the Central Conservatory of Music for a research project and held her solo recital “Beethoven Cello Sonata.”
In 2013, Liqian was recommended with full scholarship to the Master’s program at the Central Conservatory of Music. That same year, she represented Central Conservatory of Music at the 9th Gold Bell National Chamber Music Competition, winning third place. By the end of her first graduate year at Central Conservatory of Music, Liqian had received an offer from Texas Christian University to attend with a full scholarship and stipend in 2014, studying under Jesús Castro-Balbi. That’s when she decided to come to the United States to follow her dream of becoming a professional musician. In her first year at TCU, Liqian won the concerto competition and performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with Maestro Germán Gutiérrez and TCU Symphony Orchestra.