Described as "one of the most consummate musicians I have seen on stage” (Radio NZ), Liam Wooding is one of New Zealand's leading emerging pianists. His first commercial recording Play Pen was released on the atoll label in 2019 and spent several weeks at the top of the Radio New Zealand Classical Music Charts. In 2021 and alongside other leading New Zealand pianists, Liam will perform John Psathas' new work for six pianos Voices at the End presented by the Auckland Arts Festival. You can find out more about Liam's work in New Zealand music at SOUNZ: Centre for New Zealand Music.
Recent chamber music collaborations and partnerships include the Morton Trio, Molly Collier-O’Boyle, Stephanie Acraman, and Shaun Lee Chen with the Australian National Academy of Music. In 2019 as a member of the Morton Trio, Liam was a touring artist with Chamber Music New Zealand and received the Pettman/ROSL Chamber Music scholarship. In 2020, Liam was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity alongside Molly Collier O-Boyle as a member of COW. They will present their debut show Forgetting Lessons at the Melbourne Recital Centre in 2021.
Liam was a prize winner in the National Concerto Competition, performing with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gemma New, and has featured as a soloist with the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Wellington Chamber Orchestra, and on several occasions with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
Liam is a graduate of the Australian National Academy of Music where he studied with Timothy Young, supported by a Creative New Zealand scholarship. He is now researching New Zealand piano music as a doctoral candidate at the University of Waikato and is supported by a Waikato Doctoral Scholarship, the Shirtcliffe Fellowship and the Robin Murphy Peehi Scholarship.
In addition to his work as a performer, he is a committed advocate for community music-making and recently joined the board of Orchestras Central.