Delightedly, Liam returns for his third and final year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in the 2018 Professional Performance Program with Howard Penny.
Liam began the cello at age nine in Canberra as part of his schools’ compulsory string program. What is perhaps less well known is that he deliberately started cello secretly in the term before, to ensure he wouldn’t be assigned a violin by the music teacher! In 2009 he moved to Sydney to attend Sydney Conservatorium High School studying with Georg Pedersen. After completing Year 12 he moved “upstairs” to the Conservatorium and attained his Bachelor of Music (Performance) under Umberto Clerici and Julian Smiles in 2015.
A keen orchestral player, some of his professional orchestral engagements have included working with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Sinfonia, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Orchestra, the Musicians Project, and TangoOz Ensemble. Currently Liam is a casual musician with both Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. Liam has also participated in many youth orchestra programs since the age of 10, including Australia Youth Orchestra, Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute, Sydney Youth Orchestra and Canberra Youth Orchestra in both tutti and principal positions.
Liam's recent chamber experiences have been quite extensive, the highlight of which was performing alongside Anthony Marwood at UKARIA Cultural Centre in the Adelaide Hills in 2017. Liam is also a returning participant to the Mount Buller Chamber Summer School, performing in a string trio alongside violinist Madeleine Retter and his sister violist Freyja Meany. As the cellist in both Ossia Trio and Quercus Quartet, Liam has recorded and performed live for Fine Music 102.5FM, and in 2014 toured southern New South Wales and Victoria with Ossia Trio as part of David Miller's Great Southern Tour.
In his spare time, Liam likes to bake cheesecakes, hang out with friends, and add to his Star Wars T-shirt collection!
Student Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Mary and Arnold Bram, Jannie Brown, Robert Gibbs and Tony Wildman, Ian Greer, Kerry Landman, Pamela McLaurin and Helen Edwards, Lee Palmer, Judith Ryles OAM and Graham Ryles OAM KSJ, Michael Schwarz and David Clouston, Jan Williams
Image by Pia Johnson