An accomplished violinist with extensive teaching experience, Liu Jian was studying in the Beijing Conservatory Middle School for Music in 1997. From 1981 to 1984, she was in the the class of Professor Wang Zhen Shan at the Beijing Conservatory and was the winner for the First National Violin Competition in China. In 1984, Liu Jian was awarded a full scholarship to study at the International Menuhin Music Academy. She subsequently received full scholarship from the Royal College of Music in London in the Advanced Post Graduate Violin course with Professor Felix Andrievsky. Liu Jian and pianist Alexandra Andrievsky were the medal winners in the 1987 Maria Canals International Duo Competition in Barcelona.
From 1988 Liu Jian's teaching career started at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and while she was a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. She later joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in London and also had a teaching appointment at the Berkshire Young Musician Trust. Her performing career brought her around the world to Australia, where she was appointed as the assistant principal of the 2nd violins with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
For the last 14 years until recently, Liu Jian made her home in Malaysia as a co-concertmaster with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra Kuala Lumpur. Apart from performing, Liu Jian had extensive teaching experience under the education and outreach scheme of the MPO coaching in the field of Chamber Music and for the string section of the Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Several of her pupils have received scholarships at the notable institutions such as, the Oberling Conservatory of Music in the United States and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore. Ms Liu Jian is currently part of the String faculty at Allegro Music & Arts from October 2012.