Maggie’s musical training started at age 5 when she entered China’s Sichuan Conservatory of Music as one of ten
prodigies from among thousands of applicants. Sichuan Conservatory has trained
world famous pianists such as Yundi Li. She continued her music studies in the
United States, completing her undergraduate piano performance degree under full scholarship, and was offered a scholarship at USC for Master's
Degree in piano performance. Among her influential instructors are Xiaolin Li (former head of the piano department at Sichuan Conservatory of Music), Albert Lotto (from
Julliard School of Music), Dennis Thurmond (from University of Southern
California) and Neil Rutman
(currently Artist-in-Residence at the University of Central Arkansas).
Citations and Awards
In the course of her musical training, Maggie has been a top prize winner at several
regional and national piano competitions in the United States. These include
the Music Teachers National Association Competition, the UCA Concerto Competition and NA Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition. Her competition wins in China include the JiaoSheng competition and the Fourteen Cities Piano Competition.
The newspaper Echo called Maggie's playing "most legendary".