Shaw Pong Liu
Shaw Pong Liu is a violinist who is fluent in both western and Chinese musical traditions. She is also a composer, a teaching artist and an activist. She engages diverse communities with creative music and social dialogue by innovating the audience experience of live music. Collaborating with artists from a wide range of disciplines, Shaw Pong creates genre-defying performances which interplay written and improvised music with narration, storytelling and movement. She is a member of Yo Yo MA’s Silk Road Ensemble and was the 2016 City of Boston Artist-In-Residence.
Shaw Pong is the founder of the 99% String Quartet and SQUEE (String Quartets Everywhere), bringing live chamber music to cafes, subways and other public spaces in Boston.
An avid explorer of new sounds, she has premiered new works with groups including Bang-On-A-Can All-Stars, MIT’s Gamelan GalakTika, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and received commissions for her own compositions from A Far Cry, Dialogue Chamber Music, and the Urbano Project.
Shaw Pong has held artist residencies at the Blue Sky Project and Acadia National Park, and is a teaching artist with Urbano Project, Silk Road Connect, and Young Audiences.
A graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a Masters in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, Shaw Pong is the recipient of the Eisner Prize, the Hertz Traveling Fellowship, and was 2008 and 2011 Artist-in-Residence and 2010 Program Director at the Blue Sky Project.
Her ongoing project, A Bird a Day, is a creative exploration of dawns, birds, and music. Other recent projects include Ted Hughes’ Tales From Ovid, a critically-acclaimed collaboration with Whistler in the Dark theatre company and ArtsEmerson, re-telling Greek myths with aerial silks and original music; Soldiers’ Tales Untold, an original musical-narrative production mixing veterans’ stories, music, and audience dialogue about the long-term costs of war, and Translations, a site-specific, outdoor performance-installation, collaboratively created with choreographer Rodney Veal and twenty dancers, musicians, and “iBirds” ranging over a 40-acre park.
They were in the palm of her hand from beginning to end.
Fun, engaging and educational. Students learned about the language, the country and some folklore, about the violin and its Chinese cousin. We loved how [Shaw Pong] moved among the audience, engaging students. Very dynamic!
I wanted to share how wonderful it was to have Shaw Pong today! The kids were really happy and engaged, she was very kind and allowed room for their natural curiosity and her interaction with them was very positive! Her program is wonderful, and it was a delight to everyone present.