Liam Pitcher

(born December 23, 1993) is a South African composer, musician & teacher. He is known primarily for blending elements of classical, electro acoustic and electronica, as well as his distinctive piano improvisations.

Liam began studying the keyboard & piano at WPPS in 2003. ook an interest in the piece Rustle of Spring by Norwegian Composer Christian Sinding.The Rustle of Spring is a complex piece of piano music above grade 8 level, but this did not stop Liam from learning the entire piece from memory and performing it at the Bishops Eisteddfod, in which he obtained a diploma from Francois Du Toit, South African pianist & teacher.From this point he was accepted to study the piano officially at Bishops under the guidance of Judith Rhodes Harrison, with whom he gained a deep love for piano music and interpretation.

"Never in my life have I met a teacher with such an incredible sensitivity to the subtleties of piano music interpretation." - Liam

Liam left Bishops with the Piano Prize for best pianist at the School in 2011. The very same year he won the Rustenberg Piano festival, playing Liszt's Transcendental Etude in F minor.

Improvised Fantasy in F minor by Liam Pitcher

In 2012 Liam was accepted into the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town, where he studied the piano with Justin Kravitz, and piano accompaniment with Albie van Schalkwyk. Half way through his first year, he pulled a ligament in his wrist, and could not play the the piano for six months. This resulted in a deferral of his degree to 2013. In 2013, he returned to UCT and began studying the piano with Francois Du Toit, with whom he continued until he left UCT.

In 2018 Liam began studying piano technique & performance with Roucher Du Toit, world renowned organist & pianist. Roucher filled important technical gaps in Liam's playing that were a result of his quick advancements at a young age.

"I couldn't be more grateful toward Roucher. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest teachers of the piano in History, and is systematically turning me into the pianist I always wanted to be" - Liam