Shiwei Liu - An obsession I can't contain

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“Perhaps it is true that we do not really exist until there is someone there to see us existing, we cannot properly speak until there is someone there who can understand what we are saying, in essence, we are not wholly alive until we are loved.”
- Alain de Botton, Essays in Love (2004)

As a young person still discovering the myriad possibilities of this world, I've never known how to describe love, the uncaused and pervasive fascination. I was curious about the origin of love, the shape of love, the meaning of love. I imagined that it was just some kind of substance produced by the stimulation of brainwaves in my brain, stretching into an endless stream of what we call, “love". This piece comes from the first part of my "Love Trilogy", where I try to describe in a linear way the inner fluctuations and even more pictorially, the shape of people's brain waves when they meet the one they love. The beginning of love for me is always the moment of "Crush", and this "Crush" has a different definition for everyone, just like my purpose of creating this piece, leaving the listener with unlimited imagination.

Composer: Shiwei Liu

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Shiwei Liu was born in 1995 in Changsha, Hunan. She studied composition at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music under Prof. Lu Pei (BA) and is currently a graduate student at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in Germany under Prof. Brice Pauset. She began her studies in voice, dance and piano at the age of 4. She started to experiment with writing children's songs at a young age and began her formal studies in composition in high school. Dozens of children's songs composed at a young age were published in Chinese music professional magazines such as "Music Education and Composition" and "Broadcast Music Choice".

She has collaborated with many musicians, including: Modern Ensemble (Moscow), Four Corners Ensemble (USA), Kompass Ensemble (Germany), Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Suzhou Symphony Orchestra. She is also the winner of the following competitions, 31st Italy Young Musician International Competition 'Città di Barletta’(2021), 1st Japan Ise-Shima International Composition Competition(2021), VII International Piano Competition Smederevo(2020), 14th International Composition Competition Dunn(2018), 1st Shanghai Conservatory of Music 'Academy Cup' Competition(2017), 2nd 'Hui Chuang Qing Chun' Shanghai University Students' Cultural and Creative Works Competition(2017), St.Louis Young Composers Competition(2017).