Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
The 2021 recipient of the Canada Council’s Michael Measures Prize, David Liam Roberts is establishing himself as one of the most exciting Canadian cellists of his generation. Upcoming engagements include a tour of Atlantic Canada through Debut Atlantic, as well as an appearance with the Winnipeg Symphony performing the Schumann Cello Concerto. Highlights of the previous season included debut recitals presented by Cecilia Concerts in Halifax, Virtuosi Concerts in Winnipeg, and the Women’s Musical Club of Winnipeg.
Chamber music has been an integral part of David Liam’s life since he started busking with his older siblings at age 5, playing Métis fiddle tunes in his home province of Manitoba. His chamber groups at the Glenn Gould School (GGS) performed in Koerner Hall and won 1st and 3rd prizes at the 2022 GGS Chamber Competition. In 2021, DL was a guest artist in the Rosamunde Festival faculty concerts, in which he performed with Gwen Hoebig, Karl Stobbe, Minna Rose Chung, and others. DL recently completed the first recording of Joan Tower’s piano trio, For Daniel, as a member of the Zyra Trio. He also performs often as an extra musician with the Winnipeg and Toronto Symphony Orchestras.
David Liam studies with Hans Jørgen Jensen and Andrés Díaz at the Glenn Gould School of the RCM in Toronto, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in 2022 and is now pursuing an Artist Diploma as a Temerty Fellow. David Liam acknowledges the support of the Manitoba Arts Council, and is grateful to be the 2021-22 recipient of a Developing Artist Grant through the Hnatyshyn Foundation.