She was a pioneer in the teaching of guzheng overseas. Over the past two decades she has trained well over a thousand students, many of whom have become professional performers and teachers themselves. She also founded the "San Francisco Guzheng Music Society" to promote the music of the guzheng and traditional Chinese music and culture. This organization conducts many community concerts and educational programs, including an annual concert in San Francisco with a different theme every year, and it frequently invites Chinese and Western musicians to showcase their talents. In 1988, Liu made her first solo guzheng recording, The Magnificent Bronze Gorge, featuring the title song, her signature composition.
She also recorded an ensemble album with the Dun Huang Music Ensemble in 1994 titled High Moon. She made three more ensemble recordings in 1994 for the Wind Record Company: Masterpieces of Chinese Songs of the 30s, Masterpieces of Chinese Folksongs, and Masterpieces of Chinese Traditional Music. She has participated in other recordings as well. Liu has also lent her expertise to recording soundtracks for films such as Thousand Pieces of Gold, Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom, Dim Sum, Eat A Bowl of Tea, Five Chinese Brothers, The Round Eyes in the Twentieth Century, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, and Motherland.
In 2005, she recorded an arrangement of some of the Thousand Pieces of Gold themes with pianist George Winston for the album Cinema: A Windham Hill Collection. Liu has toured the United States as well as more than 20 countries. She has recently started extensively recording her solo repertoire and new solo arrangements and compositions. Her second solo CD, Morning Bell, was released in April 2006. Her latest CD, Great Ocean, was recorded in 2007 by Fred Kurz in the beautiful Basilique Saint-Sernin de Toulouse and Abbaye Sainte Marie du Desert in southern France.
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