About Lia Meiyah

Lia Meiyah combines my given name “Liat” with the Chinese characters (Hanja) of my Korean name, “Meeyun.” Born in South Korea, I was adopted and raised in the Boston area. I began learning piano at age 3 and harp at age 12.

I grew up in a family that enjoyed playing music for and with one another. My paternal grandfather Alan Shapiro and my late grandmother Marcia Shapiro especially encouraged me in my musical pursuits. From elementary through early high school, I dreamed of becoming a professional musician.

While studying harp at the 2014 Boston University Tanglewood Institute, I discovered I had a genetic condition – ulnar nerve entrapment – which effectively sidelined professional music aspirations. I turned my attention to academics.

I received my BA in Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in May 2020 and am currently working toward my MA in Military Psychology from Adler University.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, I created space in my life for re-learning old pieces and mastering new repertoire. I uploaded some products of this time to my social media. Much encouragement and prompting from friends motivated me to start Lia Meiyah, a simple music project for spreading light and love.