Sixteen-year-old LiYuan Byrne of Verona, New Jersey, won her first gold prize and performed on stage at Carnegie Hall at age five. She currently studies under Professor Eduardus Halim, Sascha Gorodnitzki Faculty Chair in Piano Studies at New York University.
A passionate and competitive piano performer, LiYuan won first place in 2018 for the Senior category of MTNA New Jersey Competition and was the 2018 recipient of Suburban Music Study Club Grace Gimbel Young Artist Scholarship Competition. LiYuan was a finalist in the Junior category at 2017-2018 MTNA National Competition, and was awarded first places in the Junior Category at 2017-2018 MTNA New Jersey State Division and MTNA Eastern Division Competitions. In addition, she won special award for Best Performance of a Contemporary Piece at 2017 Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition, most outstanding performer at 2017 Princeton Festival Piano Competition, and gold prize at 2017 Bravura Young Artists Concerto Competition. LiYuan has diverse performing experience. She successfully debuted her first solo concert in October 2018 and performed on Russian stages during her 2017 Summer Russian Concert Tour with Bravura Youth Orchestra.
LiYuan is a full-time student at Stanford University’s Online High School.