05 September 2023
By Ellie Palmer
The 2021 Chopin Piano Competition winner will grace the cover of the October/November issue of Pianist, out on 15 September
Canadian superstar Bruce Liu is set to grace the brand-new issue of Pianist, out on 15 September.
Liu rose to fame in 2021 when he secured First Place at the famed Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, where he wowed judges with his performance of Chopin's Concerto in E minor Op 11.
Since then, Liu's stock has only risen higher and higher.
He signed with Deutsche Grammophon in 2022 and will release his debut album, 'Waves', with the label on 3 November.
Inside the Oct/Nov issue of Pianist, Liu opens up on how he finds the time to continue mastering his craft, and how playing on a bad piano can actually work wonders.
"Working in the morning is better for memorising pieces, for example," he explains to Pianist.
Liu's debut album with DG will be released on 3 November
"The student life of having a huge period of time to learn a piece or two, that’s over. Now the challenge is to use these little gaps between concerts or even on the day of a concert. Jean-Efflam Bavouzet taught me how to use those little times. Learning a concerto, for example, can be done in one page or two pages a day. You can do that in 30 minutes while backstage. And after a month, you realise that the concerto is under your fingers."
It's a fascinating insight into the life of one of the hottest pianists on the planet right now.
The Oct/Nov issue of Pianist featuring Bruce Liu is out on 15 September. You can get your copy here.
All images: ©Christoph Koestlin