Ruixi Niu

Actively appearing as a soloist and chamber musician, Ms. Ruixi Niu has given performances in several cities of China, the United States and Italy. Famous Austrian pianist Till Fellner described her performance as " a pastel painting with extremely rich and soft colors. " In 2015, Ruixi was invited to a lecture and performance tour of China with University of Tennessee School of Music Director, Dr. Jeffrey Pappas and Professor of Piano, Dr. David Northington at Central Conservatory of Music, Minzu University of China, Shenyang Conservatory of Music, Shandong University (Weihai) and Xinghai Conservatory of Music. In 2017, Ruixi was invited to perform Kapustin Concert Etudes at the annual meeting of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) in Baltimore on behalf of the Piano Department of West Virginia University School of Music, under the leading presenter of Dr. James Miltenberger.

As a prizewinner of multiple competitions, Ms. Ruixi Niu holds the first prize of the Tennessee Music Teacher Association (TMTA) College Solo Piano Competition, the second prize of MTNA Young Artist Piano Competition in the southern division, the first prize of the University of Tennessee School of Music Concerto Competition, the first prize of the 19th Annual United Stated Open Music Competition and 4th Competition of Foundational Skills of Shandong, China. As the winner of the 2014 University of Tennessee Concerto Competition, she performed Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 with UT Symphony Orchestra under the conductor Mr. James Fellenbaum.

Ms. Ruixi Niu has participated in several international festivals, including the Interharmony International Chamber Music Festival in Italy, and the UT Contemporary Music Festival in the United States. In 2016, she was invited to join as a founder member of the East/West International Piano Festival serving as executive director and piano faculty. The First Season of East West International Piano Festival was successfully held in Shandong University in Weihai, China in August of 2016. The Second Season of East / West International Piano Festival was completed in July 2017 at the Vanke Liangzhu International Art Academy in Hangzhou, where Ruixi performed a solo recital successfully of selected works of Schubert. As an enthusiastic piano pedagogue, Ruixi is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant in West Virginia University School of Music, where she teaches individual lessons and group piano classes for music majors. She is also a certified Suzuki Piano Teacher and member of Suzuki Association of American (SAA).

Ms. Ruixi Niu earned her Bachelor degree in piano performance from Shandong University (Weihai) in China. She holds both Master degree and Artistic Diploma in piano performance from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree (DMA) in piano performance at West Virginia University with full assistantship. Her piano teachers include David Northington, Peter Amstutz, Yuanji Fan, and Ying Yin. Additional studies were with Byron Janis, Leon Fleisher, Andre Watts, Anton Nell and others.