Peng Liu | Photo: Peng Liu Peng Liu, born in 1986, studied composition at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music (2006-2015), where he earned his bachelor and master’s degree studying with Professor Chang Yingzhong. He is currently a doctoral student of composition at the Music College of Capital Normal University in Beijing under the supervision of composer-pianist Gao Ping. His works have won many awards, including the Excellence Award of the 2nd China National Percussion Composition Competition, the Third Prize of the 7th and 13th SunRiver New Music Competition, the First Prize of Sichuan Opera Music Competition and several awards in the competition of ASEAN Music Week and Traditional Music Festival. His work includes orchestral music, chamber music, electronic music and dramatic music, and has been performed by groups such as the Teana Zheng Ensemble in Chengdu, The Jian Chamber Orchestra in Beijing, the New Zealand Trio, the New Zealand Quartet, the PEP (piano and erhu project) in Toronto and the Kammer Musek Veräin Lëtzebuerg. Peng has been selected for support by the China National Art Foundation for two consecutive years in the Sichuan Opera Music Talents Program (2017) and the Music Theory Research Program (2018). As a researcher and a music critic, he has also published several articles in academic journals. Peng is currently interested in exploring the mixture of traditional Chinese opera and the theme of spirits with Western compositional techniques.