Hello world – welcome to my blog!

My name is Claire Liu, and I’m a graduate student at Northwestern University, pursuing my PhD in Chemical Engineering under Professor John Rogers. I recently graduated from the University of Chicago, where I double-majored in molecular engineering and chemistry. While I’m an engineer/scientist by training, music is actually one of my strongest passions. I have many favorite artists – ranging from Frank Sinatra to Renée Fleming to Bruce Springsteen to Carole King to the Beatles to Simon and Garfunkel to Murray Perahia to Riccardo Muti – the list is endless.

After taking a music class to fulfill an arts requirement at UChicago, I became inspired to embark on a comprehensive exploration of the world of classical music. The title of this blog, “Le corso del destino” (The class of destiny) is not only a pun on the title of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “La forza del destino” (The power of destiny), but also describes that one influential music class (“corso”) which started this whole journey.

(Note: Inspiration for the blog’s title also comes from Maestro Riccardo Muti’s autobiography, First the Music, Then the Words, in which he refers to the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Wiener Philharmoniker) as “L’orchestra del destino” – the orchestra that he was destined for.)



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