TO THE WEBSITE OF MÉTIS-CANADIAN CELLIST, DAVID LIAM ROBERTS
The 2021 winner of the Canada Council for the Arts' Michael Measures Prize, David Liam Roberts is establishing himself as one of the most exciting and promising Canadian cellists of his generation. Named one of Canada’s “30 Hot Classical Musicians under 30” by the CBC in 2019, David Liam has been described as a “deeply thoughtful and soft-spoken artist” (Winnipeg Free Press). David Liam was awarded both the 1st Prize and Grand Award at the 2018 National Music Festival of Canada and was the 2020 winner of the Michael Measures 2nd Prize through the Canada Council for the Arts and NYO Canada. He is grateful to be the 2021-22 recipient of the Hnatyshyn Foundation's Developing Artist Grant for Canadian instrumentalists.
Upcoming engagements include a tour of Atlantic Canada with pianist LaLa Lee through Debut Atlantic, as well as performances at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Festival in Norway with the Mykola Trio as one of 4 trios selected worldwide. Recent highlights include debut recitals presented by Cecilia Concerts in Halifax, Virtuosi Concerts in Winnipeg, and the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg (as part of the Zyra Trio), as well as appearances at Winnipeg’s Rosamunde Festival and the Lunenberg Academy of Music Performance, Nova Scotia. David Liam was recently awarded the 1st Prize of the 2022 biennial WMC McLellan Competition for Solo Performance with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, following a performance of the Schumann Cello Concerto with Maestro Daniel Raiskin and the WSO.
Originally from Winnipeg, David Liam is pursuing an Artist Diploma as a student of Hans Jørgen Jensen and Andrés Díaz at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he holds the Temerty Fellowship. David Liam has participated in masterclasses in Poland, Slovenia and Italy, where he has studied with many of the world's finest musicians and pedagogues, including Jens-Peter Maintz, Claudio Bohórquez, Peter Bruns, Laurence Lesser, and John Kadz. Two of his most formative mentors have been Yuri Hooker and Bryan Epperson.
He has performed as principal cellist with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, working under conductors such as Michael Francis and Tania Miller. David Liam performs often with the Symphony Orchestras of Winnipeg and Toronto, and has been a regular extra with the Toronto Symphony since the 2021-2022 season.
For many years, David Liam was a leader of the “Back to BACH” Project, a global non-profit organization to inspire and encourage children to learn musical instruments and instil in them a love of music. Passionate about educational outreach, he continues to give online presentations to children around the world as a Back to BACH Soloist.
David Liam plays a Ruggieri-model cello that was made for him in 2017 by Winnipeg luthier, Garth Lee.