Zixuan (Essie) Liu, international student and violinist
Studying at Queen’s for the past year has been an inspiring adventure for music student Zixuan (Essie) Liu.
Ms Liu is on exchange from China’s Nanjing University of the Arts. She is immersed in student life at Queen’s and credits the university with helping her become a better violinist and giving her more confidence and courage both in performance and in everyday life. Ms Liu is particularly thankful to her instructor in the School of Music, Gisèle Dalbec-Szczesniak, who helped her push forward in violin performance.
“People here are really kind and love to help,” Ms Liu says.“It makes me feel that nothing is impossible. So many people want to help you realize your dream.”
Ms Liu has played with both the Queen’s Symphony Orchestra and the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. She’s also enjoyed volunteering at the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC), where she connected with students interested in travelling to China through the centre’s World Link program.
Ms Liu has been a violinist since age five. She returns home this summer to finish her final undergraduate year in China. She hopes, however, to return to Canada to pursue graduate studies in music.
To thank the campus and Kingston communities for her positive year-long experience, Ms Liu is hosting a violin recital April 24. Admission is by donation and all proceeds will go to the Queen's International Student’s Society Bursary and the Margaret Farr Scholarship for first-year music students who demonstrate excellence in performance on a string instrument. More information