Brian Yoo (Bingxian Liu)
Born in Jilin, China, Brian Yoo (Bingxian Liu) graduated from the Jilin Arts School and afterwards studied dance pedagogy at the Beijing Dance Academy. After graduating he taught for a while at his alma mater in Beijing, later joining Universal Ballet as a soloist. For two years, beginning in 1995, he was ballet master and choreographer at the Guangzhou Ballet in China, and from 1997 at the National Ballet of China in Beijing. Dancers who prepared under his coaching have won gold and silver medals in the international ballet competitions in Varna, Paris and elsewhere. In 1999, Bingxian rejoined Universal Ballet as Ballet Master, and was promoted to Assistant Artistic Director in 2000, and Artistic Director in 2009. For a number of years, he also served as the Director of the ballet department of Sunhwa Arts Middle and High School. While at Universal Ballet, he has choreographed several ballets for the company, most recently the company’s new full-length Korean ballet, The Love of Chunhyung, which will be revived this year as part of the company’s 30th Anniversary Season. His shorter works in the company’s repertory include Paganini Rhapsody, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto, and The Colors.