Liam began playing the violin after an unfortunate misunderstanding in which he confused the names of the violin and cello. Although he initially wanted to study the cello, Liam has had a passion for performing the violin as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician ever since he started playing at the age of five.
Liam has performed as a soloist with the Geelong Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Tasmania Orchestra, in addition to being a member of numerous ensembles including the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, the University of Melbourne Orchestra, the Monash Academy Orchestra, the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra, and the University of Tasmania Orchestra.
Since 2011, he has played regularly with the Australian Youth Orchestra, and previously as a guest musician with the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Orchestra prior to commencing training at ANAM in 2017. Liam has worked as a casual musician with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra since 2016, and is a founding member of the Shore String Quartet.
Liam began a Bachelor of Music at the University of Tasmania in 2013 and graduated with First Class Honours in 2016. While completing his degree, he studied violin with Jun Yi Ma and Christopher Kimber, and was the recipient of several scholarships including the D&MV McDonald Scholarship in String Instruments and the UTAS/TSO Orchestral Scholarship. He has also received several awards including the regional section of the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition, which he won in 2009.
Liam is looking forward to completing his third year at ANAM where he is currently training with Dr Robin Wilson.
IN LIAM'S WORDS
“Violin is not my first instrument. I started playing piano but eventually violin became my sole instrument – in five years from now, I hope to have a full-time orchestral career as well as being part of a string quartet.”
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Kerry Landman, David Penington and Sonay Hussein, Lee Palmer
Photo by Pia Johnson