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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Pianist John O'Conor Joins Faculty of the Glenn Gould School

October 9, 2013
The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory is delighted to announce acclaimed Irish pianist and educator John O’Conor will join its illustrious faculty beginning in the 2014.15 academic year. The former Director of the Royal Irish Academy, Mr. O’Conor is recognized the world over as a leading authority on piano performance and a masterful interpreter of the Classic and early-Romantic repertoires.

“We are very excited to have John O’Conor on faculty at The Glenn Gould School where he will share his incomparable expertise with a group of gifted young scholarship students from around the world as they prepare for a professional career on the international stage,” says James Anagnoson, Dean of The Glenn Gould School. “John comes to us with a celebrated reputation as a performer who has for many years demonstrated a passion for education. Our students and faculty look forward to welcoming him to The GGS.”

Mr. O’Conor feels strongly about the development of young pianists. Formerly a Professor of Piano at the Royal Irish Academy, he was eventually named Director, a role he recently retired from after 16 years. Mr. O’Conor regularly serves on the juries of the world’s most prestigious international piano competitions and leads Master Classes at elite music and performance institutions, including New York’s Juilliard and Manhattan Schools, Harvard, Yale, the Ravinia Festival, the Paris Conservatoire and London’s Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music.

Mr. O’Conor is one of several recent new additions to the faculty at The Glenn Gould School. Others include violinist Victor Danchenko, cellist Andrés Diaz, violinist Paul Kantor, and bassoonist Frank Morelli.

The world took notice of Mr. O’Conor after his First Prize win at Vienna’s Beethoven International Piano Competition in 1973 catapulted him to international fame. He subsequently recorded all of the Beethoven Sonatas and Concertos as well as the first recording of the Nocturnes of John Field, a well-known Irish composer.

Mr. O’Conor founded the prestigious Dublin International Piano Competition, and remains its Artistic Director. His lifelong dedication to music and education has earned him Honorary Doctorates from leading universities, as well as the title "Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" by the French Government and has also been decorated by the Austrian, Italian, Japanese and Polish governments among others.

The Royal Conservatory is one of the largest and most respected music and arts education institutions in the world. Providing the definitive standard of excellence in music education through its curriculum, assessment, performances, and teacher education programs, the organization’s Glenn Gould School offers internationally recognized professional music training at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The School provides an intimate training environment, with a curriculum designed to prepare gifted young musicians for all aspects of a professional career — part of The Conservatory’s wider mission to develop human potential through music and the arts.  Founded in 1987, The Glenn Gould School was renamed in 1997 to honour Canada's legendary pianist, himself a Conservatory alumnus. For more information, please visit

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