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Tony O’Brien - Piano teacher, performer and composer

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 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.


I also compose piano pieces and songs, including a set of four thematically linked piano pieces, “Human race”. The last piece in the set was  awarded overall winner of the 2016 EPTA composition competition, adjudicated by the celebrated pianist/composer Mark Tanner.