Liam Ritz (b. 1996) is a Canadian-born composer, conductor and violinist currently based in Toronto, Ontario.
As a composer, Liam has been fortunate to work with outstanding musicians and ensembles including the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Gemma New, Veronique Lacroix, Etsuko Kimura, Jonny Smith, Ryan Scott and more.
His works have been frequently performed across Canada in festivals and workshops such as the Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop, the Scotia Festival of Music, the University of Toronto: New Music Festival, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s What Next Festival, and at the Orford Music Academy. In addition, Liam’s works are often programmed by musicians in solo and chamber recitals, including recent performances abroad in the United States and Italy.
A recognized composer, Liam was awarded the Pierre Mercure SOCAN Foundation Young Composers Award for his Sonata for Solo Marimba and was selected as the inaugural winner of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Composer Fellowship Program, in their 2018/19 Season. Liam was also the recipient of the Andrew Alexander Kinghorn Scholarship and the William Irving Fairclough Graduating Scholarship from the University of Toronto.
Liam received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto, studying composition under Abigail Richardson-Schulte. In addition, Liam has participated in masterclasses with Peteris Vasks, Robin de Raaf, Ana Sokolovic, and Jean Lesage and has studied conducting under Ivars Taurins, Stephane Potvin, and Gillian McKay.
[updated: May 2019]