ROCK HILL, S.C. - Pianist John O'Conor, who will be in residence June 22-26 on campus to teach his third annual master piano class, will give a public recital on Friday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Frances May Barnes Recital Hall, featuring the works of Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert. Available at the door, tickets will be $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/faculty/staff and $5 for students. Winthrop has sponsored a number of world-renowned pianists in master classes over many summers, including such acclaimed musicians as Edwin Hughes and Walter Hautzig.
As part of the master class session, prize-winning pianist Gi-Young Hwang, a student at the Juilliard School, will present a recital of works by Haydn, Chopin, Stravinsky, Zaimont and Liszt on Saturday, June 23, at 7:30 pm in Barnes Recital Hall. Admission is free.
O'Conor served previously as director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. While he has stepped down from his administrative post, he continues to serve on the faculty there. In addition, O'Conor has been appointed as distinguished artist-in-residence at the Shenandoah Conservatory. He is known worldwide as an expert interpreter of the Classic and early-Romantic repertoires. His Telarc recordings of the Beethoven 32 piano sonatas, the five piano concerti of Beethoven with the London Symphony, and the complete piano works of John Field have received critical acclaim.
Following initial studies in his native Dublin, O'Conor studied in Vienna, Austria, with Dieter Weber; won first prize at the 1973 Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna; and made a special study of Beethoven with renowned German pianist Wilhelm Kempff.
He has toured the world in recital and concerto appearances and makes regular visits to Europe, the U.S., Japan, Korea and China. As a distinguished teacher he has given master classes at conservatories across the world. O'Conor also has served as adjudicator of many international piano competitions, including the Leeds, Tchaikovsky, International Beethoven, Warsaw, Busoni, Gina Bachauer and William Kapell, among others.
For more information about the master classes, contact Matthew Manwarren at 803/323-4639 or the Department of Music at 803/323-2255.