Billy O’Brien


Billy O’Brien began his piano studies at the age of thirteen as a student at De La Salle College, Waterford. He subsequently was awarded an Entrance Scholarship to the Royal Irish Academy of Music to study with Therese Fahy, and went on to complete a BA in Piano Performance in 2015, graduating with First Class Honours.

Billy O'Brien pianist – New Ross Piano Festival

Billy currently studies with renowned Russian pedagogue Rena Shereshevskaya at the Rueil Malmaison Conservatoire, Paris, where he was recently awarded Prix d’Excellence as the highest placed piano student.

As concerto soloist Billy has performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RIAM Symphony Orchestra, Wexford Sinfonia and Trinity College Orchestra, in venues such as the National Concert Hall, the National Opera House and Christchurch Cathedral. Other recent engagements include a performance at the Irish Embassy, Paris, as part of their Bloomsday day celebrations, solo recitals in the National Gallery, the John Field Room of the National Concert Hall, and concerts of contemporary music with the Killeena Ensemble in Turku, Finland. He has also participated in many masterclasses and festivals, such as the Engadin International Piano Academy (Switzerland) and the Clandeboye Festival (Belfast), studying with pianists such as Barry Douglas, Pavel Nersessian and Robert Kulek.

Recent awards include First Prize in the Maura Dowdall concerto competition, the Teissier Piano Bursary from the Royal Irish Academy Music, and Second Prize in the Freemason’s Young Musician of the Year 2015.


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