Addi Liu

Graduate Student in Music


Addi Liu is a Ph.D. student in Musicology at Cornell University. He is interested in the circulation of music and theoretical texts between China and Europe, in particular the musical exchanges between Catholic missionaries and the Beijing court in the High Qing era. He has presented at meetings of the American Musicological Society, Society of Seventeenth-Century Music (Irene Alm Memorial Prize), Musicking: Culturally Informed Performance Practices, and Case Western Reserve University’s Music Colloquium Series.

As a baroque violinist, his interests span from performance practice issues to the history of the Early Music movement. His essay on language usage by music critics appeared in EMag: The Magazine of Early Music America. He has performed with Apollo’s Fire, Les Délices, Bourbon Baroque, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Hong Kong Early Music Society, as well as numerous period instrument ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an alumnus of various festivals including Aspen, Berwick, Amherst, Tafelmusik (Summer and Winter Institutes), American Bach Soloists Summer Academy, and La Petite Bande Summer Academy.

Raised in Hong Kong, he later studied at San Francisco Conservatory of Music's preparatory and collegiate divisions under Jodi Levitz and received a Bachelor and Master of Music with a Departmental Award in Excellence. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Historical Performance Practice at Case Western Reserve University where he studied baroque violin with Julie Andrijeski. He has been supported by grants from the Rowfont Book Club (Cleveland) and Early Music America's Emerging Artists Showcase.


Addi Liu, “How Did Early Music Get So ‘Crispy’?” EMAg, The Magazine of Early Music America 28, no. 2 (May 2022): 40–47.