Meet Liam Cummins

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LIAM CUMMINS has been composing since the age of four, when he climbed onto a piano bench and crafted his first piece. He has been enthusiastically making music ever since, performing at the piano, improvising on instruments of all kinds, and composing music in both conventional and unconventional forms.

Liam studies composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music and also privately with Daniel Felsenfeld. He also studies contemporary improvisation at the New England Conservatory and piano performance at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory. He has participated in numerous composition programs, including the Curtis Institute of Music’s Young Artist Summer Program, the Walden School, and the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Young Composer Program. In 2020, he was a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award.

Liam is passionate about sharing concert music widely, and enjoys collaborating with others to present music in new and surprising ways. Among his works are a string quartet to honor child Holocaust victims, a cello choir for 30 student cellists, a fanfare to uncertain times inspired by the pandemic, and a piece scored for household objects, which he also performed, produced, and shared virtually. Liam has given numerous recitals at the piano, playing both the classical repertoire and his own compositions and improvisations. When not creating music, you’ll likely find him in the natural world, camera and notebook in hand, seeking adventure at every opportunity. In turn, these experiences outside the concert hall deepen and enrich his lifelong passion for music.