MORE RELEASES FROM JOHN O'CONOR
John O’Conor returns to Telarc with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op.19 and No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73… More
Never have more inspired compositions poured from the heart and hand of a single human being. Only one composer has had such impact on the world… More
Pianist John O'Conor lends his graceful touch and florid technique to the seven lively Bagatelles of Op. 33, the tiny eleven Bagatelles of Op… More
This serene and relaxing collection is the second in a series of popular works for solo piano recorded by John O'Conor on Telarc. More
Moments Musicaux and Sonata in A major (D. 959) is John O’Conor's second Schubert solo recording. With an elegant, refined and… More
This boxed set from John O'Conor features nine CDs and includes the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven. More
With this release of the four Impromptus of Op. 90, the four of Op. 142 and the Twelve Waltzes of Op. 18, O'Conor once again shows his elegance… More
"John O'Conor's technique is crystalline, allowing him to weave the textures of this mainly nineteenth-century program with alluring gracefulness… More
ABOUT JOHN O'CONOR
Acclaimed for his eloquent style, dynamic technique and command of keyboard color, particularly in the Classic and Roman-tic repertoires, Irish pianist John O'Conor first gained wide-spread attention in the United States in 1986, with the first installment of the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas on the Telarc label. Additional recorded cycles in progress include the concertos of Mozart with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the complete works of Irish composer, John Field.
Mr. O'Conor, an exclusive Telarc artist, performs extensively in Europe, having appeared with leading orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Czech Philharmonic, l'Orchestre National de France, and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he has made several tours of North America including appearances with The Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony and the orchestras of Montreal, Detroit and Dallas. In Japan, Mr. O'Conor has performed both in recital and in concert with the NHK Symphony, and has toured the Soviet Union twice. In recent seasons, he performed three complete chronological Beethoven sonata cycles at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston's Gardner Museum, and London's Wigmore Hall.
Mr. O'Conor's early studies began with J.J. O'Reilly at the College of Music in Dublin. He was subsequently awarded an Austrian government scholarship enabling him to study in Vienna with the respected pianist and instructor, Dieter Weber, and with noted Beethoven interpreter Wilhelm Kempff. In 1973, Mr. O'Conor was unanimously awarded First Prize in the International Beetho-ven Competition in Vienna, an achievement followed by another prestigious award that year—First Prize at the Bosendorfer Piano Competition.
A familiar figure on television and radio in Ireland, Mr. O'Conor is actively involved in improving educational and per-forming opportunities for young musicians there. He has been instrumental in the establishment of the GPA Dublin International Piano Competition. John O’Conor lives in Dublin with his wife and two sons.