John O'Conor

Biography

Born: January 18, 1947   Country: Ireland  
John O'Conor is sometimes called a "Poet of Piano" for his ability to play with particularly expressive phrasing, depth of tone color, and a technique that can make piano playing look like a lark. His specialties are Classical and Romantic music, and he is best known for his recordings of Beethoven's complete piano sonatas and the works of fellow Irishman John Field.

When O'Conor first told his parents he wanted to be a professional
Read more musician, giving up his love of rugby, he got the usual response of laughter followed by concern that he couldn't earn a real living. (This was the same response he had to his son Hugh's announcement that he wanted to be an actor.) O'Conor's studies began at Dublin's College of Music with J.J. O'Reilly, and, after he received a scholarship from the Austrian government, continued in Vienna under Dieter Weber. He studied Beethoven's music with Wilhelm Kempff, which in 1997 led to leading the annual Beethoven seminar at Kempff's villa in Positano, Italy. He was awarded first prize in Vienna's 1973 International Beethoven Piano Competition by unanimous vote and the Bösendorfer Piano Prize in 1975.

It was his first release in the series of complete sonatas of Beethoven for Telarc that brought O'Conor to the attention of the world in 1986, completing the cycle in 1994. As an exclusive Telarc artist, he alone has done more to revive interest in the life and works of John Field than anyone else. His initial Field recording of 15 of the Nocturnes spent several weeks on the Billboard charts.

O'Conor has an active travel schedule, going around the world to perform recitals and orchestra concerts, frequently combining these with master classes and seminars. He coaches piano chamber music, as well as the solo and concerto repertoire, and serves on the juries of several international piano competitions. He is director of the Royal Academy of Music in Dublin and founder and chairman of the Dublin International Piano Competition. O'Conor's interest in young musicians has led to his receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Dublin and being decorated by the French, Austrian, Italian, and Polish governments. Read less
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  • 1.
    Irish Classics / John O'Conor
    Label: Perfect Sound Studio   Catalog: 14 Release Date: 02/09/2010  
    Composer:  Traditional
    Performer:  John O'Conor
    Conductor:  Mitch Farber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Irish Chamber Orchestra
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    Classical Prep School - Essential Music
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80749 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Richard Wagner,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  John O'Conor,  James Van Demark,  Rudolf Serkin,  Michael Chertock  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Bishop,  Yoel Levi,  Erich Kunzel,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Cincinnati Pops,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Piano Concertos No 1, 3 & 4 / John O'conor, Andreas Delfs, London So
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80704 Release Date: 09/23/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  John O'Conor
    Conductor:  Andreas Delfs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Beautiful Wedding: Classical Music For The Wedding Dinner
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80718 Release Date: 05/20/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ottorino Respighi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Peabo Bryson,  Paquito D'Rivera,  Michael Camilo,  Kenny Blake  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Martin Pearlman,  Keith Clark  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Chamber Orchestra,  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  Boston Baroque  ... 
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    Breathe - Relaxing Piano For Lovers
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80714 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Erik Satie,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Chertock,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  John O'Conor,  Simone Dinnerstein  ... 
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    Breathe - The Relaxing Baroque
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80713 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  John O'Conor
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    Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 5 / Delfs, O'conor, Lso
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80675 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  John O'Conor
    Conductor:  Andreas Delfs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Classical Lounge
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17609 Release Date: 06/27/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Susanna Mildonian,  Maxence Larrieu,  John Holloway,  Hans Otto  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott,  Emmanuel Krivine,  Sir Charles Groves,  Vassil Kazandjiev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Prague Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Breathe - The Relaxing Piano
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80652 Release Date: 08/23/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Ennio Morricone,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Chertock,  André Arpino,  Vincent Charbonnier,  Jacques Loussier  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  David Zinman,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Jacques Loussier Trio,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Best Of Chopin
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80629 Release Date: 11/25/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Malcolm Frager,  Jon Kimura Parker,  John O'Conor,  Yolanda Kondonassis  ... 
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    Classics - Mozart: Piano Concertos No 21 & 27 / O'conor, Etc
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80219 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  John O'Conor
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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    Schubert: Trout Quintet, Etc / O'Conor, Cleveland
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80225 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Paul Katz,  William Preucil,  Peter Salaff,  James Dunham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland String Quartet
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    Classics - John Field: Sonatas, Nocturnes / John O'Conor
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80290 Release Date: 05/28/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Field
    Performer:  John O'Conor
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    The Best Of Bach
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80591 Release Date: 11/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Patricia Maybe,  Michael Murray,  Vincent Charbonnier,  Jacques Loussier  ... 
    Conductor:  Keith Clark,  Martin Pearlman,  Robert Shaw,  Jahja Ling  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Concerts du Monde,  Jacques Loussier Trio,  Boston Baroque  ... 
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    The Best Of Gershwin - Rhapsody In Blue, I Got Rhythm, Etc
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80542 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  John O'Conor,  William Tritt,  Harolyn Blackwell
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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    Figure Skating's Greatest Hits
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80504 Release Date: 01/26/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Igor Stravinsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gustav Holst  ... 
    Performer:  John O'Conor,  Joseph Silverstein
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel,  Robert Shaw,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Yoel Levi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Bagatelles / John O'conor
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80423 Release Date: 02/27/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  John O'Conor
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    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol IX / John O'Conor
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80363 Release Date: 04/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  John O'Conor
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    Field: Piano Concertos No 2 & 3 / O'conor, Mackerras
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80370 Release Date: 03/29/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Field
    Performer:  John O'Conor
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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    The Telarc Collection Vol 9
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 89109 Release Date: 06/29/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Phil Moore,  Clifford Brown,  Mel London,  Stefan Schyga  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanie Bryson,  John Heard,  Ahmad Jamal,  Yoron Israel  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel,  Martin Pearlman,  Yoel Levi,  Keith Clark  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slide Hampton/Jazz Masters,  Azuza Pacific University Choir,  Central State University Chorus  ... 
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    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol VIII / John O'Conor
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80335 Release Date: 04/27/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  John O'Conor
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 22 / O'conor, Mackerras
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80308 Release Date: 03/23/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  John O'Conor
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 23.
    The Telarc Collection Vol 7
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 89107 Release Date: 02/23/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ben Bernie,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Paul Dukas,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  André Previn,  Ray Brown,  Mundell Lowe,  Maria Lambros  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Erich Kunzel,  Yoel Levi,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Cincinnati Pops,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    Classics For All Seasons - Winter
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80330 Release Date: 11/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Francis Poulenc,  Howard Blake,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Barry Gordon,  Michael Murray,  Angel Romero,  John O'Conor  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Robert Shaw,  Martin Pearlman,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Festival Singers,  Boston Baroque  ... 
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  • 25.
    Piano Classics - Popular Works For Solo Piano / O'Conor
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80313 Release Date: 11/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  John O'Conor
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