35th Anniversary Season 2021—2022
The Placitas Artists Series is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs,
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Classical strings artists Megan and James Holland, along with pianist Tzu-Feng Liu, will
offer a program of piano trios on Sunday, February 20 as part of the Placitas Artists Series
(PAS) 35th season. The ensemble will present works by Johannes Brahms and Dmitri
Shostakovich. We will also live-stream this concert for audiences who wish to enjoy the
program at home. Program - notes to follow.
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Originally from Albuquerque, violinist Megan Holland has performed throughout the United
States, Mexico, Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands. Reviewers have characterized her
performances as "poised" and "powerful." Holland has received degrees in music from the
Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Southern California. She has previously held
principal positions in the Charleston Symphony, Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, and Opera
Southwest. She performs regularly around the Southwest with groups including Chatter and
Albuquerque Chamber Soloists. Holland is currently the principal second violin of Santa Fe Pro
Musica. She has also been a recurring guest lecturer for the University of New Mexico Pedagogy
Department, specializing in the Mozart Violin Concerti and how to teach them.
Cellist James Holland, a native of Pensacola, Florida, holds degrees in cello performance from
the University of Alabama and the Eastman School of Music. James was a member of the New
World Symphony, and in 1996, was appointed principal cellist of the Charleston (South Carolina)
Symphony Orchestra, a position he held until his relocation to Albuquerque in 2007 with his wife,
violinist Megan Julyan Holland.
He performs frequently with most of New Mexico’s musical organizations, including Albuquerque
Chamber Soloists, Chatter, The Figueroa Project, the Placitas Artists Series, Santa Fe Symphony,
and Santa Fe Pro Musica. Holland also maintains a large, active private teaching studio.
A native of Taiwan, pianist Tzu-Feng Liu performs intensively throughout the United States,
Europe and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborative artist. She made her first
orchestral debut at age 12 and her awards include The World International Piano Competition,
Seattle International Piano Festival and Competition, The Seventh Washington International Piano
Artists Competition, UIUC’s 21st Century Piano Commission, and UIUC Concerto Competition.
Tzu-Feng has been invited to play at Concert Hall at the Etherredge Center, Weill Recital Hall at
Carnegie Hall, Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, historical
Anderson House at Washington DC and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland.
She has received a D.M.A. degree in piano performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign. Liu currently resides in and has a private studio in Albuquerque.
Megan and James Holland, with Tzu-Feng Liu