Anqi Liu, arrived late to composition, mostly teaching herself to compose at age eighteen, with an even later start in formal compositional studies at the age of twenty-three. Despite this late beginning, Liu's music has been widely admired by conductors, musicians, and composers and has been appreciated by diverse audiences. Her music has been performed worldwide through the US to Europe and China. During the years based in New York City, her works were frequently performed by various ensembles in New York City at the prestigious venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, Shapeshifter Lab, the Firehouse Space and others.
Pursuing her Ph.D. at UC San Diego, Liu got her bachelor degrees in Law and Music Performance at Xiamen University and an MA in Composition from Rutgers University. Distinct from a conventional compositional training, her music degree included extensive travels throughout the Chinese hinterlands to seek for and study the original folk music of Chinese minority groups. During her time in America, Liu has focused on avant-garde acoustic experiments and exploring diverse possibilities on sound itself. Her composition teachers include Lei Liang, Anthony Davis, Roger Reynolds, Rand Steiger, Allain Gaussin, François Paris, Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Paul Rudy, Robert Aldridge, Charles Fussell and Gerald Chenoweth.