Liam was born in Menomonie, Wisconsin and grew up in southern Minnesota. Growing up he was fortunate enough to hear all kinds of music played in the house, from The Beatles on the stereo to Bartók on the piano. Liam took an early interest in music and his parents signed him up for piano lessons. When those didn't pan out and he was still making too much noise, they put him in a local youth choir. He has been singing in choirs ever since and has also played a variety of instruments in a variety of ensembles. Liam eventually found his way into the composition department at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where his teachers included Stephen Dembski and Laura Schwendinger. While at the UW, he also studied voice with Julia Faulkner and conducting with Bruce Gladstone.
Liam writes mostly vocal and chamber music and when the occasion arises he also enjoys writing music for film, dance and other visual and performing arts. His music has been performed in New York, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Washington and Italy. Besides singing and playing piano and stringed instruments, Liam is learning the saxophone and also plays the trombone very badly. Currently, Liam is fascinated by computer programming, the origins of life on Earth and this granulated universe that we perceive so smoothly. He has a number of projects on his plate, including a folk-driven piece for Pierrot ensemble utilizing a number of poems from around the world. Liam lives in St. Paul.