PIANO POWER: John O’Conor hails first Irish book on piano technique

“New Dynamic Finger Power” by Roy Holmes


23rd September 2011

Internationally renowned pianist Dr. John O’Conor came to the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama this week to honour Roy Holmes, lecturer in the Conservatory and author of the first ever book on piano technique written by an Irishman.  

New Dynamic Finger Power”, written by Holmes, offers an intriguing exploration into the practical needs of the performer and the creative concepts of  the composer.  Published by originalwriting.ie,  the book aims to dispel the myths and to cut through to the nitty-gritty of finger control and balance. 


By retrieving and analysing the approach of the earliest keyboardists, the author has brought their fundamental methodology into sharp focus in a logical and methodical way.  Several pianists and composers who have already read the text have welcomed the author’s  clear, unique and effective approach.

Celebrating the publication of "New Dynamic Finger Power", Dr. O'Conor said it will intrigue every teacher of piano, and will engage them in reassessing their own relationship with the keyboard and how they teach others.


The President of DIT Professor Brian Norton also congratulated Mr. Holmes.  He said the publication showed the deep interest of the author in his teaching and how others learn.

New Dynamic Finger Power by Roy Holmes is available fromwww.originalwriting.ie – see http://originalwriting.ie/bookshop/non-fiction/educational/new-dynamic-finger-power/

About the Author

One of Ireland’s foremost pianists and piano teachers, ROY HOLMES holds qualifications from Queen’s University Belfast, Royal College of Music, London, Indiana University, Bloomington, and Temple University, Philadelphia. He has considerable experience as a soloist and chamber musician and is a lecturer in the Keyboard Department at Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama. Born in Carrickfergus Co. Antrim, he has a particular interest in piano music by Irish composers, and has recorded the two-piano music of Joan Trimble with Una Hunt on the Naxos Marco Polo label.

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