We are delighted to present a lunchtime performance of classical music by pianist Billy O’Brien as part of our Healing Sounds in the Foyer programme. Billy will perform in the foyer of University Hospital Waterford (UHW) on Tuesday 14 August at 1.30pm and will be accompanied by Hannah Miller on French horn and tenor Phillip Keegan. Admission is free and all are welcome. Healing Sounds in the Foyer is a programme of monthly live music performances which aims to promote the positive relationship between music, health and wellbeing and to reduce stress and anxiety for patients, visitors and staff. This programme is kindly sponsored by AIB Ardkeen.
Waterford man Billy O’Brien began his piano studies at 13 while a student at De La Salle College and was subsequently awarded an Entrance Scholarship to the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM). He went on to study with renowned Russian pedagogue Rena Shereshevskaya at the Rueil Malmaison Conservatoire, Paris, where he was recently awarded the Prix d’Excellence as the highest placed piano student. Billy has also participated in many masterclasses and festivals, such as the Engadin International Piano Academy (Switzerland) and the Clandeboye Festival (Belfast), studying with pianists such as Barry Douglas, Pavel Nersessian and Robert Kulek. As a concerto soloist Billy has performed with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RIAM Symphony Orchestra, Wexford Sinfonia and Trinity College Orchestra, in venues such as the National Concert Hall, the National Opera House and Christchurch Cathedral. Other recent engagements include a performance at the Irish Embassy, Paris, as part of their Bloomsday celebrations, solo recitals in the National Gallery, the John Field Room of the National Concert Hall, and concerts of contemporary music with the Killeena Ensemble in Turku, Finland.