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Tony O’Brien - Piano teacher, performer and accompanist

I started playing at the age of 6 and gained a Performer’s Diploma (LTCL) at the age of 17 before leaving school to study chemistry  at Oxford University, where I gained  a first class honours degree in Chemistry, followed by a MSc  in statistics.

After a brief interlude of 24 years, spent in careers in statistics, IT and in “The City”, I started out as a piano teacher in 2007.

I am a professional member of EPTA and successfully completed their one year course in “practical piano teaching”  in 2009

I have taught over 200 students ranging in ages from 5 to 65+ and from beginner  to Grade 8 + / diploma standard

I used to teach at local schools in Bromley and Croydon, principally at  Coloma Convent Girls’ school, and was also a registered teacher with BYMT (Bromley Youth Music Trust).

I perform locally at various events, and in 2007 I played  at the final of “The Pianist” , a national competition for amateur pianists, staged at Cadogan Hall.  Since 2011 I have staged regular concerts at Shirley Methodist Church Hall.

Latterly I have started composing, beginning with my set of piano pieces, “Bitter Suite”.

The sixth piece in the set, “Children”,  was awarded overall winner of the 2016 EPTA composition competition, adjudicated by the celebrated pianist/composer Mark Tanner.