Liam Byrne


Liam Byrne enjoys a busy and varied career as a soloist and chamber musician. Recent engagements have taken him everywhere from Honolulu to London’s Wigmore Hall, the Kremlin Museum in Moscow and Carnegie Hall in New York. Liam is a member of the renowned viol consort Fretwork, with whom he has appeared on several recordings. Other chamber music activities include performances with the Dunedin Consort, The Sixteen, Le Concert d’Astrée, i Fagiolini, Concerto Caledonia, The City Musicke, Feinstein Ensemble and the viol consorts Phantasm and Concordia.
An experienced collaborator, Liam has performed at the National Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe, and created several productions with the live-art collective The Rare Theatrical. He recently worked extensively with pop star Damon Albarn on his new opera Dr Dee for the Manchester International Festival and English National Opera, writing and improvising his own parts. In summer 2011 he was musical director for Just Enough Theatre’s production of Two Noble Kinsmen, for which he wrote and arranged the music. Liam has created soundtracks for film-makers Lars Laumann and Benjamin A. Huseby and has worked with a variety of pop musicians, including The Hidden Cameras, MaJiKer, Patrick Wolf and Bishi.
Liam’s performing interests are particularly strong in the viol consort and lyra viol repertories, and his academic undertakings focus on counterpoint analysis and the relationship between notation and performance. He took his BMus and a Performer Diploma in viola da gamba with Wendy Gillespie at Indiana University and holds an MPhil in Musicology and Performance from Magdalen College Oxford, where he studied viol with Laurence Dreyfus and counterpoint and early notation with Margaret Bent. Liam is professor of viola da gamba at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he also teaches Medieval and Renaissance Performance Practice. He teaches viol consort classes at West Dean College and Oxford University.