Liam Ritz (b. 1996) is a Canadian-born composer, conductor and violinist currently based in Toronto, Ontario. His aesthetic interests lie in the interactions and manipulation of colour and texture within an ensemble, creating meticulously crafted aural landscapes. With a passion for the collaborative and interactive nature of music making, Liam strives to create musical experiences that bring together composer, performer, and audiences.
Liam’s works have been performed in numerous festivals and workshops including the 2014 and 2016 Canadian Contemporary Music Workshops, 2016 Scotia Festival of Music, 2017 University of Toronto New Music Festival, 2013 and 2017 Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra What Next Festival, and the 2017 Orford Music Academy. A recognized composer, Liam was awarded the Pierre Mercure SOCAN Foundation Young Composers Award for his Sonata for Solo Marimba and the William Erving Fairclough Graduating Scholarship for top-standing within the University Of Toronto Faculty Of Music. Currently, Liam is involved in an 8-month Composer Fellowship with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.
Liam has worked with many outstanding ensembles and musicians, including the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Sneak Peek Orchestra, Ryan Scott and Sanya Eng, Johnny Smith, Veronique Lacroix, Leslie Newman, Paul Widner, Leon Bernsdorf and more. His works have been performed across Canada, the United States,
Liam completed his Bachelor of Music in Composition at the University of Toronto. His primary teachers were composer Abigail Richardson-Schulte and violinist Etsuko Kimura, also having studied under composers James Rolfe, Gary Kulesha, and Norbert Palej. In addition, Liam has had masterclasses with Peteris Vasks, Robin de Raaf, Ana Sokolovic, Jean Lesage, Peter Togni, and John Plant and has studied conducting under Ivars Taurins, Stephane Potvin, Gillian McKay, and Jeffrey Reynolds.