Keyboard adjudicator, category final
Born in Manchester in 1964, Ronan O’Hora studied with Ryszard Bakst at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has performed extensively throughout the world, playing with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra and Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. He has performed in every major country in Europe as well as in the USA, Canada, Australasia and South Africa, and has appeared at many of the most prestigious music festivals, including Salzburg, Gstaad, Ravinia, Montpelier, Bath, Harrogate and Brno.
Ronan O’Hora has made many highly acclaimed recordings over recent years for the EMI, Virgin Classics, Tring International, Hyperion, Dinemic and Fone labels. These include concertos by Mozart, Grieg and Tchaikowsky, and solo repertoire by Schubert Brahms, Debussy, Schumann, Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Satie, as well as chamber music by Faure, Britten, Debussy, Dvorak and Mozart, amounting to a discography of over thirty CDs.
In recent seasons Ronan O’Hora has performed at the Salzburg Festival, the Kennedy Centre in Washington, and Sydney Opera House, in addition to tours of USA, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
Ronan O’Hora has been Head of Keyboard Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama since 1999 and Head of Advanced Performance Studies since 2008 and regularly gives masterclasses and sits on competition juries throughout the world.