New Zealand pianist Liam Wooding (Ati Haunui-a-Pāpārangi) enjoys an eclectic career as a teacher, accompanist, chamber musician, and soloist. He hails from Whanganui where his love of the piano and making music was fostered at an early age in primary school. After initial studies at the University of Auckland and the University of Waikato, Liam went on to further studies at the Australian National Academy of Music where he received the Volunteers Prize for an Outstanding ANAM Citizen. His research about music performance will take him to America in 2023, where he will complete doctoral studies at the University of California San Diego as a Fulbright scholar.
Throughout his training, he performed as a soloist with the with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Wellington Chamber Orchestra, and on several occasions with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Since then he has gone on to perform recitals across New Zealand and Australia and was recently a soloist with the Western Australian Youth Orchestra performing Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto.
Playing music with others is an important strand of Liam’s work. He regularly works with the Morton Trio, who in 2018 were awarded the Pettman/ROSL Arts Chamber Music Prize. Other recent collaborations include performances with the Ad Lib Collective, soprano Stephanie Acraman, and five of New Zealand’s leading pianists in John Psathas’ epic work ‘Voices at the End’ for 6 pianos.
Liam features on the album ‘Play Pen’ which was released in 2019 and spent several weeks at the top of the Radio New Zealand classical music charts. Upcoming recordings for Rattle records include the complete ‘Cabaret Songs’ by William Bolcom, and a recital titled’ Reflections and Connections’. Liam also appears on Lachlan Skipworth's ARIA nominated album ‘Chamber Works Vol. II.’