Pianist Lishan Xue, doctoral student of Prof. William Heiles, has won first prize in her age division in the 2016 Los Angeles International Piano Competition. She also was awarded a special prize for the “Best Performance of a Hungarian Rhapsody.”
Lishan Xue was born in Shanghai, China, and performed her solo debut when she was six years old at the Shanghai Concert Hall. She has received various prizes from regional, national and international competitions such as the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, the Chautauqua International Piano Competition, the Matinee Musicale Competition, the Baldwin Piano Performance Competition, the USA National Young Artists Competition, and the Gulangyu Junior and Senior China National Piano Competition. Her performance at the 16th Queen Elizabeth Piano Competition in Brussels in 2010 received special praise from journalist Philip Dewolf.
Previous piano studies were at the Shanghai Conservatory, in Austria with Ralf Heiber and Sumi Cho, at Oberlin Conservatory with Monique Duphil and David Breitman, and at Indiana University where she studied with Arnaldo Cohen and Menahem Pressler. She began her doctoral studies at the University of Illinois with Prof. William Heiles in the Fall of 2016.