Montreal-resident Liu Fang has achieved an international reputation for her virtuosic and spirited pipa playing. Born in China in 1974, she began studying the pipa at the age of six and graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory for Music in 1993. Liu Fang moved to Canada in 1996 and began an impressive international career, giving concerts all over the world and performing often on TV and radio. Her concerts were recorded live by CBC radio and Radio-France, and have always received admirable comments from the listeners and the press alike. In June 2001 she was awarded the prestigious Millennium Prize for Future Generations by the Canada Council for the Arts.