Stage name of Nnational Institue of Health chemist Ted Firth who moonlights as this flamboyant concert pianist. Or at least according to panelist Moe Rocca on the Bluff The Listener segment on the October 27, 2018 episode of NPR radio game show series "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me," where the listener has to determine which of three presented news stories is real.
In Rocca's invented story, Firth was suspended from his job for borrowing Bunsen burners to use as a candelabra during his performances, because he could not afford a real one. Rocca explains he then set up a GoFundMe page to raise the funds for a real candelabra.
His name is a parody of real concert pianist Liberace.