Pamela Liu, violinist, has been in demand as a performer and pedagogue since returning to the Northwest twelve years ago. She received her Bachelors in Violin Performance at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, and was a member of the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra in Taipei, Taiwan, before attending the University of Washington where she received a Masters Degree in Violin Performance. A devoted mentor to young musicians, Ms. Liu coaches and teaches with The Academy of Music Northwest, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, and Musicworks Northwest. As an active performer, Ms. Liu is the concertmaster of the Cascade Symphony, section member of the Yakima Symphony, and part of the violin-guitar duo, Tutti Dolce, with husband Chris Liu. Michael Center holds degrees in music from the New England Conservatory and the Peabody Institute, where his teachers were Colin Carr and Ronald Thomas. His early studies were with Toby Saks. As an orchestral musician, he has been a member of the Sacramento Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, and the Washington Chamber Orchestra, of which he was a founding member and principal cellist. While in Baltimore, he played with the award-winning Trio Fervore, which played many concerts and was featured in radio broadcasts in Boston, Baltimore, and New York. As a chamber musician, he has also concertized with members of the Julliard, Vermeer, Chicago, and Audubon String Quartets and regularly appears with musicians from the San Francisco, Cleveland, Minnesota, and Chicago Symphonies. Mr. Center has participated in the Prague, Taos, Music in the Mountains, Red Rocks and Utah chamber music festivals. He has performed chamber music, concertos, and recitals on both coasts of the U.S. as well as in Europe. Michael Center has taught chamber music and cello lessons at the School of the Arts in San Francisco, the Marrowstone Music Festival, and the Peabody Conservatory as the teaching assistant of Ronald Thomas. He is currently the principal cellist of Lake Union Civic Orchestra, appears regularly in cello/piano duo recitals with his wife Annie, and in his spare time enjoys cooking and building furniture.
A native of Fukuoka, Japan, pianist Harumi Makiyama leads an active professional life in the Seattle area as an accompanist for Northwest Girlchoir, the Seattle Jewish Chorale, and Lakeside School, and as a concert and freelance pianist, piano teacher, adjudicator, and collaborative artist. In addition to running a private piano studio, she has taught at Chopin Academy of Music, Academy of Music Northwest, and University of Washington and has served on the collaborative staff at Central Washington University.
Harumi has earned degrees in Piano Performance from New England Conservatory of Music and Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, Japan. She also received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from University of Washington. Her dissertation, Mental Preparation for Piano Performance Using Principles of Aikido, looks for ways alleviate Musical Performance Anxiety (MPA) through ancient Shinto and Zen wisdom found in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, which directly translates as "The Way of Harmony.”