Bucknell Hosting Famed Pianist John O'Conor


At 7:30 pm this coming Wednesday, February 27, Bucknell will be hosting the famed John O'Conor in the Rooke Recital Hall in the Music Building. The program will consist of Beethoven's Bagatelles Op. 126 and Sonata in C minor Op. 13 "Pathetique", as well as Schubert's Sonata in C minor D958. In addition to the performance, which is free to the public, he will also be giving a piano master class from 2pm-4pm that day, also in the Rooke Recital Hall. John O'Conor is a world famous Irish pianist and pedagogue, and also the former director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He studied with J.J. O'Reilly at the Belvedere College in Dublin, where he was born, and earned international fame after winning the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna.

Giving recitals in New York's Lincoln Center, Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center, London's Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre, Tokyo's Bunka Kaikan, and many more, O'Conor has since become internationally renowned, and he has appeared with orchestras including the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, and the Vienna Symphony

O'Conor has released more than 20 recordings for the Telarc label and is most well-known for his complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas and his complete Beethoven Bagatelles, which the New York Times had proclaimed to be the best recordings of these works. He currently serves as a Professor of Piano and Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Washington D.C., and he still continues to teach at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where he previously held the position of director. Today he is regarded as one of the most important teachers of piano and is in great demand for masterclasses.