旅居美国的刘扬先生是当代活跃在国际舞台的著名小提琴演奏家与教育家, 他的演出足迹遍及美国,德国,法国,奥地利,瑞士,丹麦,荷兰,希腊,埃及,日本,香港,台湾等,并多次率美国乐团在中国巡回演出。近期音乐会包括作为特邀独奏家率领丹麦欧登赛交响乐团在中国进行六个城市的巡回演出,并中国首演由丹麦特选的丹麦作曲家尼尔森协奏曲。与他长期合作的钢琴家夫人蔡宜璇举行美国24州大型巡演,在肯尼迪中心的音乐会由美国国家电台NPR纪录并现场直播。此外刘扬最近的音乐活动包括在芝加哥拉维尼亚音乐节,阿斯本音月节,葡萄牙国际音乐节, 巴西国际音乐节,北京长城国际音乐节和美国芝加哥大学等高等学府演奏并讲授的大师课。与美国亚特兰大交响乐团,辛辛纳提交响乐团,圣路易斯交响乐团等合作演出并实况录音,多次在美国国家广播电台播出,被称为:“…一个年轻而杰出的小提琴家… 有着让人惊叹的技巧和强烈的音乐说服力以及深刻的洞察力!”  
       少年时期,刘扬曾在中国全国第五届小提琴比赛中获第一名和中国作品最佳演奏两项头奖,并是第十二届柴科夫斯基国际小提琴比赛获奖者。
       生于中国青岛,九岁考入中央音乐学院附小,师从刘培彦教授。十岁赴日本与NHK交响乐团合作演出,以一首“流浪者之歌”征服日本听众,被誉为“来自中国的天才”。十一岁代表中国赴欧洲参加“国际天才儿童艺术节”。后经著名小提琴教育大师林耀基教授(已故)悉心栽培,在学期间先后与中央乐团(现国家交响乐团),上海交响乐团,中国歌剧舞剧院,香港泛亚交响乐团等多次合作演出。
        在林耀基先生的帮助下,98年赴美国辛辛纳提音乐学院继续求学深造,获该院百年来破例颁发的研究生奖学金,师从科特.萨斯曼丝豪斯Kurt.Sassmannshaus,并受到美国最具影响力的小提琴教育家---桃乐丝.迪蕾Dorothy.Delay 女士的特别赏识(曾培养了著名小提琴家帕尔曼等)而收为弟子。 
       在美国录制的名为“思乡曲-Song of nostalgia”的独奏CD唱片包括东西方的经典小品,目前在美国出版发行。他在美国参与演奏制作的小提琴教育影片“追求经典”获得美国‘艾米’最佳教育影片奖。 
       刘扬自2004年起曾出任多所大学的小提琴教授/客座教授,包括芝加哥罗斯福大学,芝加哥哥伦比亚大学,辛辛那提大学音乐学院。与夫人蔡宜璇博士现居住美国芝加哥,他的经济人为“国际艺术家经济公司”的 Birgit Schimid-Salm 女士    http://www.artistsinternational.com。刘扬使用的小提琴是1741年的瓜奈利,由美国斯特拉迪瓦立协会赞助提供。

Violinist Yang Liu combines outstanding technical command and sublime musicality in performances that have earned him numerous accolades in Asia, the United States and Europe. He is a former prize winner of the Twelfth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and a first prize winner of China’s National Violin Competition. The newspaper Beijing Tonight called him “The best of the billion!” Mr. Liu plays a Guarneri made in 1741 on a generous loan from Stradivary Society and Bein and Fushi Rare Violins. His repertoire ranges from baroque to the most contemporary of works.

Yang Liu made his North American debut with the Atlanta Symphony orchestra, earning three nights of standing ovations for his performance of Paganini’s First Violin Concerto. This success was followed by performances with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Spano; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra; Hagen Symphony Orchestra, Germany; and with the Odense Symphony Orchestra, Denmark, under Maestro Christoph Eberle in a highly successful tour throughout China of which a Chinese newspaper commented: "…The Carl Nielsen concerto was soloed by Chinese violinist Yang Liu who gave an absolutely sensational performance which touched the deepest spot of our hearts... Such a musician has been rarely heard for the past ten years..."His recent engagements include concerto performances with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota, Colombia performing Barber’s Violin Concerto under Maestro Amadio. He also completes a 5-city tour in China performing the Butterfly Concerto with Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, as part of the China-US cultural exchange initiated by Secretary of State of the US John Kerry, and chairman of the cultural department of China Mr. Luo . Orchestras repeatedly engage him for his appealing musicality and persona. He has performed multiple times with Ospa State Orchestra in Brazil, Qingdao Symphony Orchestra in China, East Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra in the US. A highly sought after guest artist and teacher, he performed and taught for many years in Aspen Music Festival, Oficina Music Festival and Sesc Music Festival in Brazil, and the Great Wall Music Festival in China.

Yang Liu’s earlier concert highlights included his solo appearances at the Algave International Music Festival in Portugal and at the prestigious Sala Sao Paulo in Brazil and in the US the Aspen Music Festival and the Ravinia Festival. He also toured in China with his wife. As one of the most successful international performing artists of Chinese origin, Yang Liu was honored to be chosen to be filmed for a documentary called “String of heart--Yang Liu” which features Yang’s artistic life. This production was aired throughout China starting in February 2011. . His debut recording, “Song of Nostalgia,” was released to critical acclaim. The CD represents his broad interest in music, including some of the most difficult repertoire written for violin and traditional Chinese music. This recording, along with many of his live performances, is frequently heard on National Public Radio.

Born in Tsingtao, China, Yang Liu made his concert debut at age 10 performing Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen with the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo. He also performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in a nationally televised live concert with the Central Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing, which drew attention of the renowned violin pedagogue, Yao-Ji Lin. He began to study with Lin at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and soon afterward, began to concertize as a soloist internationally. In pursuit of further musical development, Yang moved to the USA and continued his studies with Kurt Sassmannshaus and Dorothy DeLay at College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. During his student years, he has been a frequent soloist at the Aspen Music Festival and with the Cincinnati-based Starling Chamber Orchestra, with which he toured China twice. He also was a featured performer in Starling’s Emmy Award-winning educational video, Classical Quest concert tours have led him to Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, Greece, China, Egypt and America.