Fellowship Spotlight! Announcing Xu Kun Liu as the GFA Fellowship

Taylor Smith Fellowship Spotlight, News

We have a winner!  The Crown Guitar Foundation and Guitar Foundation of America is proud to say that 14-year old “Alan” Xu Kun Liu will be the 2016 recipient of the GFA Fellowship to attend the Crown Workshop.  Alan will study with Italian chamber musicians, Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela of SoloDuo.  Dr. Lynn McGrath, who manages SoloDuo, teaches at Oklahoma City University, and is the Director of the GFA International Youth Competition will also be co-teaching the Crown Workshop class, “Classical Guitar: A World of Expression”.  Alan was awarded 2nd place at the Guitar Foundation of America International Youth Competition this past June and was therefore nominated for the Crown Fellowship.  He has most happily accepted this award and we all can look forward to hearing some phenomenal classical guitar this year at the Festival!


Meet “Alan” Xu Kun Liu

Born in Xi’An (China) in December of 2001, Alan (Xu Kun) Liu has been studying the guitar as well as piano since he was five.  At the age of 14, he has already amassed an impressive list of top prizes in music competitions on both instruments.  Among his recent awards are the Grand Award winner of 2016 Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival; 2016 GFA international guitar competition Youth-Senior division 2nd prize in Denver, CO; 2015 NorthWest guitar competition Adult division winner in Seattle, WA; 2015 Parkening international Young Guitarist Competition 2nd prize at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA; First place in the 2014 GFA International Youth Competition (Junior Division) in Los Angeles; and the first place in 2014 Guitare Montreal International Youth Competition; third place in 2014 Michele Pittaluga International Youth Guitar Competition in Alessandria, Italy”; among a growing number of awards in regional, national, and international events.  Beyond that, he has also won multiple gold medals as a pianist.

He has performed in some important events and concerts in Canada, USA, and China.  He was a featured artist in the 2015 Montreal International Guitar Festival and performed in the opening concert.  He was also a guest artist, performing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in the Orpheum with more than 2400 people in the audience.  He also shared the stage with some top guitarists, including Roland Dyens.

Recently, he has been named one of the “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30” by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).


To create a Fellowship or Scholarship Opportunity for a talented young artist you know, please contact Diane Kautzman at dkautzman@crownguitar.org or call 855-855-5900.