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Mingjia Liu joined the San Francisco Opera as Principal Oboe in 2010. A native of the northern coastal city Qingdao in China, Mingjia was born into a family of art and literature. At the age of 12, he was enrolled at the Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and was immediately recognized as an outstanding student among his peers. He then went on to continue his studies in the United States at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He won a coveted position in the classes of two of the most sought after oboists of our time, Robert Walters from the Cleveland Orchestra and Alex Klein, former Principal Oboist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He appeared as a Fellowship Musician at the Aspen Music Festival and School where he worked closely with two other distinguished oboists, Richard Woodhams and Elaine Douvas. 

In 2009, at the age of 21, he won the position of Principal Oboe of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. He was also a finalist in several notable auditions such as Principal Oboe for the Seattle Symphony, Pacifica Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, LA Phil and Chicago Orchestra. In addition to playing with San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Mingjia has also appeared as a guest artist with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and the China National Symphony Orchestra.

On his most recent tour of China, he was seen as an emerging star of western classical music. Recognized not only for his outstanding performing skills, Mingjia Liu is gaining considerable recognition as a teacher both in the United States and abroad. Mr. Liu became the oboe faculty of the San Francisco conservatory of music in 2015 and he has appeared as a special guest teacher at his Alma Mater, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music regularly.

Robert Spano, Music Director

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