1. Faculty

Mingjia Liu



  • Private Lessons


  • Artist Diploma, Oberlin College and Conservatory


  • San Francisco Opera, Principal, 2010–Present

What is your hometown?

Qingdao, China

What is your favorite recording?

Scheherazade with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

What are you passionate about outside of music?

Designing world-class reed-making tools.

Who were your major teachers?

Robert Walters and Alex Klein.

What is a favorite quote that you repeatedly tell students?

“Full effort is full victory.”

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?

Who they want to be in ten years.

What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue music as a career?

First orchestral experience when I was nine.

If you weren't a musician or teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?

Free-style designer and artist.

If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?

Mozart, Strauss, and Verdi.