Acclaimed Irish pianist, John O?Conor conferred with Honorary Doctorate from Dublin Institute of Technology

Acclaimed Irish pianist, John O’Conor was conferred with Honorary Doctorate from Dublin Institute of Technology at the DIT Spring Graduation.  The ceremony took place in St. Patrick's Cathedral on Saturday 18th February.

Distinguished Irish musician
 John O’Conor was selected by DIT to receive an honorary doctorate in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the world of music performance and music education.  The citation, read by Dr. Michael Mulvey, described him as a former student, who also taught at the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama.  “John O'Conor is a classical pianist of international renown, a prolific recording artist; and a master teacher of young musical talent.”  Frequently cited as the greatest living interpreter of the piano music of Beethoven, Dr. O’Conor is currently Professor of Piano at RIAM, and holds the position of Visiting Professor in Showa University of Music in Japan.  He is also Professor of Piano, and Distinguished Artist in Residence, at the Conservatory in Shenandoah University, West Virginia.  A co-founder of the Dublin International Piano Competition, he is  Chairman of the Jury for the competition which has been running since 1988.

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