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City Hall Large Room, Wednesday April 10th 2019 at 1:00pm
Local pianist Billy O’Brien will give a free lunchtime recital in the Large Room, City Hall, Waterford on April 10th at 1pm.
A. Scriabin Sonata no. 4
L. Janacek Sonata I.X1905
M. Ravel Miroirs: Noctuelles, Oiseaux Tristes, Une Barque Sur L’Ocean, Alborada del Gracioso, La Vallée des Cloches
This event is supported by Waterford Music.
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Billy O’Brien enjoys an active career as soloist and chamber musician. He made his concerto debut with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in 2016 playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Other concerto appearances include the Ravel G major Piano Concerto at the National Concert Hall with RIAM Symphony Orchestra, and the Beethoven Triple Concerto at the National Opera House with Wexford Sinfonia. He has recently given solo recitals at the New Ross Piano Festival, the Triskel Arts Centre Cork, the National Gallery, The John Field Room NCH, and was invited to perform at the Irish Embassy, Paris, as part of their Bloomsday celebrations.
Billy has collaborated with leading contemporary music ensemble, Kirkos, and also the Killeena Ensemble, performing concerts in Turku, Finland. He has participated in many master classes and festivals, such as the Engadin International Piano Academy, with performances in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and the Clandeboye Festival (Belfast), studying with pianists such as Barry Douglas, Pavel Nersessian and Christopher Elton.
Recent awards include First Prize in the Maura Dowdall concerto competition, the Teissier Piano Bursary from the Royal Irish Academy Music, and Second Prize in the Freemason’s Young Musician of the Year 2015. He has twice represented Ireland in the Dublin International Piano Competition.
Billy completed a BA in Piano Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, studying with Professor Therese Fahy and graduated with First Class Honours. He spent two years studying with renowned Russian pedagogue Rena Shereshevskaya at the Rueil Malmaison Conservatoire, Paris, where he was awarded a Prix de Perfectionnement, and the Prix d’Excellence as the highest placed piano student. He is currently pursuing Doctoral study at the RIAM, and also enjoys teaching piano there.
Large Room, City Hall, The Mall, Waterford