Violist Laura Liu, a native of Miami, Florida, studies with Cynthia Phelps and Misha Amory at the Juilliard School. This season, Liu competed as a semifinalist in the Third Oskar Nedbal International Viola Competition, where she received an Honorary Mention and the Pirastro Award for outstanding young talent. She will travel again to Prague to compete in the 74th Prague Spring International Music Competition. Previously, Liu competed as a finalist in the Juilliard School Viola Competition and was named a contestant in the Fifth Tokyo International Viola Competition. As an active chamber musician, Liu is a member of the Juilliard Honors Chamber Music program, and last month, her quartet Quatuor Caèl made their Alice Tully Hall and Peter Jay Sharp debuts. She is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at the Juilliard School. In previous summers, Liu attended Taos School of Music, Kneisel Hall, Music Academy of the West, and the Heifetz International Music Institute. This season, she returns to both Taos as a member of Taos on Tour and Heifetz as a member of their Heifetz Ensemble-in-Residence (HEIR) program. Liu spent her first summer at Music@Menlo as a Young Performer in 2017 and is thrilled to return as an International Program artist this season.