Past Event


November 1, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:55 PM
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017
1-2pm | Garden Room 2 | Faculty House | 64 Morningside Dr.

 Come join us in the Garden Room at Faculty House, where Students and Music Associates from Columbia University's Music Performance Program will be showcased in an afternoon recital series.


all Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953)

Sonata No. 2 in d minor, Op. 14
I. Allegro ma non troppo Più mosso - Tempo primo 
II. Scherzo - Allegro marcato
III. Andante
IV. Vivace - Moderato - Vivace

Toccata in C Major, Op. 11

Sonata No. 6 in A Major, Op. 82
I. Allegro moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Tempo di valzer lentissimo
IV. Vivace


CYNTHIA (CINDY) LIU (CC ‘18) is pursuing her B.A. in English and Sociology, with concentrations in Eating Like a Queen and Being Outspoken. Since beginning piano studies at age six, she feels grateful and honored to have annoyed her teacher emeritus, Elena Arseniev, and now her mentor, Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska, with slouching, overly-zealous fortissimo, and problematic pedaling.

She was winner of the 2014 Music Teachers National Association Senior Piano Duet Competition with Brian Le, her four-hands partner-in-crime, and a finalist in the National Symphony Orchestra Young Artists’ Concerto Competition. Cindy has enjoyed performances in New York’s Carnegie and Steinway (the former--#rip) Halls; D.C.’s Kennedy Center Concert Hall and Hungarian & Austrian embassies; her parents’ hometowns in China, Beijing and Neixiang; Toronto; and Paris. She inaugurated the 2017 Intercollegiate Chamber Music Festival with Serina Chang (CC ‘19) and Dean Deng (CC ‘19), collaborating with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She also enjoys yelling at the administration about Columbia's nonexistent performance space in a petition she wrote with Timothy Diovanni (CC '18). If you're feeling hungry, check out beets&noodz, Columbia's online music community that Cindy co-founded with Jordan Lee (CC '18) and Adrian Traviezo (CC '18).

In her ongoing annihilation of the patriarchy, Cindy is writing her sociology thesis, entitled, "Why Have There Been No Great Female Musicians? Occupational Barriers to Women in the Classical Music Industry," interning at Park Avenue Artists in Chelsea, and returning to Paris to play for the Prokofievs next week. When she's not startling you with her passion or rushing her runs, you’ll find her assembling monochrome outfits or complaining.

  All events are sponsored by Columbia University's Music Performance Program and are free and open to the public.

 Mid-Day Music @ Columbia offers live music to a general audience, following the tradition established by Aaron Warner and Isidor Isaac Rabi, great lovers of music whose memories live on at Faculty House.