Ms Liz Chi Yen Liew 柳琪妍女士

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Date 2 December 2014 Interviewed by Emily Charlotte Franklin
Language English Audio Edited by Sherri Wong 
Venue Chocolate Factory, London    

Liz Chi Yen Liew was born and bred in the suburbs of North London to Singaporean parents. She learnt the piano and violin from an early age, gained her Bachelor of Science in music at City University and performance diploma Licentiate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama (LGSM).

In the late 1990s she formed a band with her younger sister Sarah called Chi2, blending Chinese instruments (erhu, jinghu, liuqin) with electric violins and beats, performing at festivals and gigs up and down the UK.

Her unique style blending Chinese instruments with electronics has led to commissions including 'Time is Like Water Flowing' a soundtrack to multi-disciplinary spectacle commissioned by Greenwich and Docklands Festival, which she co-wrote with Tom E Morrison in 2008, culminating in seven shows at London's O2 Arena.

She was selected as one of PRSF's New Music 20 x 12 composers and commissioned to compose a 12 minute piece as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Working with Andy Leung and Chinese Arts Space (formerly Chinatown Arts Space), their piece XX / XY premiered to 12,000 people in London's Trafalgar Square in January 2012, and was featured on BBC2's Review Show and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

As a session musician she has toured/recorded/performed with Moby, Lamb, Gnarls Barkley, Goldfrapp amongst others. She sits on Musicians Union's Equalities Committee and she is a Fellow of Diaspora (promoting equality in music).