TO THE WEBSITE OF MÉTIS-CANADIAN CELLIST, DAVID LIAM ROBERTS
Winner of the 2021 Canada Council Michael Measures Prize, David Liam Roberts is “well on his way to becoming one of Canada’s top emerging musical stars” (Winnipeg Free Press). 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” with “a natural curious empathy for others and a desire to communicate all aspects of the human condition through his cello playing” (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 recipient of the Michael Measures 2nd Prize through the Canada Council for the Arts and NYO Canada. In 2018, he was awarded 2nd Prize at the WMC McLellan Competition, after a performance of Dvorak’s B minor Cello Concerto as soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
2020-21 engagements have included a solo appearance with the Winnipeg Symphony performing double cello concerti with Yuri Hooker (under Maestro Daniel Raiskin), Halifax debut recitals with pianist LaLa Lee presented by Cecilia Concerts, recorded concerts presented by the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg (as part of the Zyra Trio) and Virtuosi Concerts (with Yuri Hooker), as well as appearances at Winnipeg’s Rosamunde Festival and the Lunenberg Academy of Music Performance, Nova Scotia.
Originally from Winnipeg, the Métis cellist now studies with Hans Jørgen Jensen and Andrés Díaz at the Glenn Gould School (GGS) of the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he holds the Chisholm full scholarship and is supported by the Manitoba Arts Council. At the GGS, he has performed as principal cellist of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, working under conductors such as Tania Miller and Andrei Feher. During the 2017-18 season, he was a frequent substitute cellist for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. During the summer of 2019, he toured Canada and Spain as co-principal cellist with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYOC) and was the recipient of the Gail Asper Foundation Award of Excellence. As a soloist, David Liam has performed concerti with the Winnipeg Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (on several occasions).
During the summer of 2018, he was one of only two Canadian cellists participating in the international Morningside Music Bridge program and festival in Warsaw, Poland. He has had lessons and masterclasses with many of the world’s foremost cello pedagogues, having attended several masterclass festivals in Europe and North America. While in Winnipeg, he was a student of Yuri Hooker for eight years.
Since 2016, David Liam has been a leader of the “Back to BACH” Project, a global non-profit organization to inspire and encourage children to learn musical instruments and to instil in them a love of music. Passionate about educational outreach, he regularly gives 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.
UPCOMING AND RECENT
- Tue., Jun. 29LivestreamJun. 29, 7:30 p.m. CDTLivestreamThe WSO presents "Concerto for Two Cellos", featuring soloists Yuri Hooker and David Liam Roberts. Program includes Piatti Serenade for Two Cellos and Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor, RV 531. Tickets available for the Livestream on June 29! Performed at the Centennial Concert Hall.