November 07, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Irish pianist John O'ConorIrish pianist John O'Conor will give a guest recital Sunday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The recital, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Bucknell Department of Music.

The program will include Beethoven's Sonata in c minor Op. 13 "Pathétique"; Beethoven's Sonata in c sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight"; Field's Three Nocturnes: No. 5 in B flat; No. 6 in F; No. 18 in E "Le Midi"; Chopin's Three Nocturnes: in c sharp minor Op. 27 No. 1, in e minor Op. 72 No. 1, and in E flat Op. 9 No. 2; and Ginastera's Argentinian Dances Op. 2.

Earlier in the day, O'Conor also will give a masterclass at ??? in ?????

For more than 40 years, the world-famous pianist has been gathering wonderful reviews for his masterly playing. He has been called "A pianist of unbounding sensitivity" (Gramophone) with "Impeccable technique and musicality" (Sunday Times - London).

O'Conor, who studied in his native Dublin and in Vienna with Dieter Weber, was tutored by Wilhelm Kempff, winning his unanimous First Prize at the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna in 1973.

He has performed with the world's leading orchestras including the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, l'Orchestre National de France, the NHK Orchestra in Japan and the Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco, Dallas, Montreal and Detroit Symphonies in North America. He has given concerts in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre in London, Musikverein in Vienna, Dvorak Hall in Prague and Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo.

A Steinway Artist, O'Conor first gained widespread attention in the USA in 1986 with the release of his first volume of Beethoven Sonatas on the Telarc label. CD Review described his performances as "recordings of the highest calibre and Beethoven playing at its best." He has made more than 20 recordings for Telarc, including the complete Beethoven Bagatelles (cited by the New York Times as the best recordings of these works) and Mozart Concertos with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Regarded as one of the most important piano teachers in the world today, O'Conor is Distinguished Artist in Residence, Professor of Music and Chair of the Piano Division at Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia, a faculty member at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, International Visiting Artist at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Visiting Professor at Showa University in Japan.

His students have won many international prizes (most recently First Prizes at the Maria Canals Competition in Barcelona in 2012 and the Beethoven Competition in Bonn in 2013) and he is in great demand for masterclasses and as a juror at the most prestigious International Piano Competitions worldwide.

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