Liam Wooding is a pianist from Whanganui, New Zealand studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Timothy Young. In New Zealand, Liam studied under Rae de Lisle MNZM and Katherine Austin, and completed a Master of Music degree at the University of Waikato.
Committed to the cultural preservation and advocacy of New Zealand music, he has performed works by the majority of New Zealand’s leading composers. He was the resident pianist at the Nelson Composer’s Workshop for 2015 and 2016 and has received a Lilburn Trust Performance Prize. Liam received a grant from the Wallace Foundation to commission a new work by Reuben Jellyman to be premiered in Melbourne, 2018.
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. Last year, Liam received the Encouragement Award for Most Promising Pianist at the Wallace National Piano Competition and was Runner-Up in the 3MBS competition ‘The Talent’ - a live performance series for emerging musicians.
Liam is actively engaged in his hometown of Whanganui. For three years he was 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. In 2014, he participated in the inaugural Decoda/Skidmore Chamber Music Institute – a summer program with a focus on leadership and service through music. This year, Liam is excited to be a part of Ensemble Evolution at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, exploring ensemble playing for the 21st Century.
Student Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Beleura – The Tallis Foundation, Mary and Arnold Bram, Jennifer Gilchrist, Nadene Gilmore and Chris Ferdinands, Cate and Conor Horgan, Janet Limb, Brigitte Nakashima-Wolf and Ashley Nakashima, Rob Piaggio, Janine Tai, Frances and Daniel Wallace
Image by Pia Johnson