John O'Conor Appointed Visiting Professor at TU Dublin Conservatoire

John O'Conor

John O'Conor Appointed Visiting Professor at TU Dublin Conservatoire

Pianist will join the Conservatoire at its new purpose-built facilities in Grangegorman, Dublin.

TU Dublin Conservatoire has announced the appointment of pianist John O’Conor as Visiting Professor. He will be working directly with advanced piano students in the Conservatoire.

O’Conor has established an international reputation as a pianist since the 1980s. He is founder and artistic director of the Dublin International Piano Competition and has sat on jury panels for competitions such as the Sydney International Piano Competition and the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in Queensland. A renowned teacher, whose former students include Finghin Collins and Michael McHale, he is an Honorary Fellow and former Director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

As a Distinguished Artist in Residence, and Professor of Music and Chair of the Piano Division at Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia, O’Conor also holds a faculty position at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Commenting on the appointment, Dr Orla McDonagh, Head of the TU Dublin Conservatoire, said:

I am delighted to announce that Irish Pianist Dr John O’Conor will join us at TU Dublin Conservatoire this year as a distinguished Visiting Artist. Since his days as a student with us in the then College of Music, John has enjoyed an extraordinary career as an international concert pianist, recording artist, competition jurist and sought after pedagogue. Having represented Ireland all over the globe, John will work with piano students at the Conservatoire in a series of masterclass visits throughout this year. We are honoured to welcome him and to provide our young concert pianists with the opportunity to learn from one of Ireland’s greatest musicians.

TU Dublin is currently preparing to move to purpose-built facilities on its new campus in Grangegorman, Dublin City. ‘It is with immense delight that John will be joining us in this new and exciting chapter’, said Dr McDonagh.

Last week, John O’Conor gave his first live-streamed concerts as part of the seasons of Music for Galway and Drogheda Classical Music. This Monday 26 October at 6pm, he will give a live-streamed concert as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival.

For more on his appointment at TU Dublin, visit

Published on 21 October 2020

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