Professor Liam Viney is the Head of School at the School of Music, University of Queensland. He is active as a solo pianist, collaborative pianist, pedagogue, and academic, with an international performance, teaching and research profile.

As a solo performer Liam has collaborated with international and domestic symphony orchestras, in concertos ranging from those of Mozart and Beethoven to Prokofiev and Ligeti. He is a member of two ensembles in residence at the University of Queensland – White Halo Ensemble (a piano quartet), and the Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo. Each group explores existing bodies of literature while also commissioning numerous new works.

Through his piano duo, he is a leading authority on Australian duo piano music, with a focus on the collaborative creation of new musical practice and thought. His approach involves producing new artistic works while also translating artistic practice and musical thinking into scholarly contexts. He has commissioned and premiered dozens of new works for piano, two pianos, and chamber ensembles from composers in Australia and the United States with funding from sources such as the Australia Council for the Arts, and the Fromm Foundation, Harvard.

After completing his Doctorate at Yale University, studying with Boris Berman, Liam joined the keyboard faculty of California Institute of the Arts, and spent a further five years building a teaching and performing career in the United States. He has won major piano awards and competitions in both Australia and the United States, including First Prize in the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition and First Prize in the Yamaha Australian Piano Competition, the prize for which was a grand piano.

In recent years his work has been nominated for Australian Music Centre/APRA Awards for Excellence. Liam has been featured on six commercial CDs on labels such as ABC Classics, Tall Poppies, and Innova (USA). A further two CDs are due to be released in 2019.

Featured projects Duration
White Halo Ensemble
School Ensemble
Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo
School Ensemble

Areas of research