Liam Wooding is a pianist from Whanganui, New Zealand studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the tutelage of Timothy Young. He is in the final stages of completing a Master of Music degree at the University of Waikato and has completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Auckland.
Committed to the cultural preservation and advocacy of New Zealand music he has performed works by John Psathas, Alex Taylor, Reuben Jellyman, Samuel Holloway, Janet Jennings, Kenneth Young, Ben Hoadley and David Griffiths. He was also the resident pianist at the Nelson Composers Workshop for 2015 and 2016 and has received a Lilburn Trust Performance Prize.
Liam has performed concertos with the University of Auckland Orchestra, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra as a prizewinner in the 2015 National Concerto Competition, and in 2016, performed concertos by Ravel and Rachmaninoff with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Also in 2016, Liam gave recitals across New Zealand with flautist Ingrid Culliford, gave the New Zealand premiere of George Crumb’s Apparition with soprano Jennifer Maybee and performed in the sold-out season of Unstuck Opera’s Dido and Aeneas recomposed. This year he will embark on a concert tour of the Willamette Valley with flautist Abigail Sperling featuring a new work by Alex Taylor.
Liam is actively engaged in his home town of Whanganui. He serves as an accompanist at the New Zealand Opera School held in Whanganui each year and is involved in the Musicians for the Sarjeant initiative which supports the redevelopment of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. He has also participated in the inaugural Decoda/Skidmore Chamber Music Institute – a summer programme with a focus on leadership and service through music.
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