Liam Wooding is a pianist, performing music across a variety of forms and genres with a particular focus on New Zealand piano music. Liam received a Lilburn Trust Performance Prize for his performances of New Zealand works and has been the resident pianist for the Nelson Composers Workshop. Liam’s first commercial recording Play Pen: dramatic miniatures for chamber ensemble was released on the atoll label in 2019 and has been at the top of the Radio New Zealand Classical Music Charts since its release. In the same year Liam premiered Reuben Jellyman's Concertino for Five Instruments, made possible through support by the Wallace Arts Trust and Michael William's Dialogue. You can find out more about Liam's work in NZ music at SOUNZ: Centre for New Zealand Music.
In 2019, Liam was a touring artist with Chamber Music New Zealand as a member of the Morton Trio where he performed nine concerts across the country. The trio were also recipients of the Pettman/ROSL Chamber Music scholarship which enabled professional development and performance opportunities in the United Kingdom. In 2020, Liam was an artist in residence for four weeks at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity. Additional experience includes courses and residencies at Skidmore College (USA), and Four Winds (Australia). He was a prize winner in the National Concerto Competition where he performed with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and has featured as a soloist with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Wellington Chamber Orchestra, and on several occasions with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
In 2019, Liam graduated from the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) where he studied with Timothy Young, supported by a Creative New Zealand scholarship. At ANAM he worked with other fantastic pianists including Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Michael Kieran Harvey, Peter Hill, Roy Howat, Paul Lewis, Stephen Mcintyre, Lisa Moore, Steven Osborne, Julien Quintin, and Kathryn Stott. Before this, Liam completed a Master of Music degree studying with Katherine Austin at the University of Waikato.