The Washington Post
November 28, 2011
All of 17, pianist Kate Liu is a veteran of at least eight competitions, an appearance on PBS’s “From the Top at Carnegie Hall” and numerous high-profile concerts. Her recital Sunday at the Phillips Collection confirmed a burgeoning talent and a musical poise well beyond her years.One of Liu’s early career highlights was performing some four-hand Schubert with Lang Lang. Fortunately, none of Lang’s mugging or histrionics rubbed off on Liu, who plays with calm focus and whose ferocious technique is guided by a strong sense of structure and an unfussy feel for rhythm. The dynamic range is impressively large and she never loses her head in loud, fast passages.