Described as a “deeply thoughtful and soft-spoken artist” by the Winnipeg Free Press, cellist David Liam Roberts was awarded the prestigious Michael Measures Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2021. Besides being named to CBC’s list of 30 Classical Musicians under 30, David Liam was awarded both the 1st Prize and Grand Award at the 2018 National Music Festival of Canada and won 1st Prize of the 2022 biennial WMC McLellan Competition after performing the Schumann Cello Concerto as soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in the competition’s final round.

Upcoming engagements include a recital tour of over 20 concerts in the Canadian Prairies during the 2024-25 season with pianist Godwin Friesen (together they are known as the Prairie Sons). The upcoming season also includes debuts in Copenhagen and Oslo with his piano trio, the Rilian Trio, who recently won the 1st Prize, Audience Prize and Commission Prize at the 12th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in Norway. Recent engagements include debuts in Tromsø, Norway, and a recital at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium. The Rilian Trio will perform recitals in May 2024 presented by Music Toronto and the Gallery Chamber Players of Niagara.

Mr Roberts has studied with many of the foremost classical music pedagogues, including Steven Isserlis, Christian Tetzlaff, Laurence Lesser and Itzhak Perlman, having attended festivals such as the Perlman Music Program, Morningside Music Bridge, and International Music Seminar at Prussia Cove. As a result of his attendance at IMS Prussia Cove, he has been invited for the next two years to attend the prestigious invite-only Open Chamber Music seminar at Prussia Cove. Mr Roberts holds a Bachelors and Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he studied with Hans Jørgen Jensen and Andres Díaz.