John O'Brien

John O'Brien performs a broad repertoire on diverse keyboard instruments, including piano, organ, and harpsichord (and has also been known to perform on the violin and viola). He holds a D.M.A. in accompanying from the University of Southern California. Mr. O'Brien has been on the faculty of East Carolina University since 1985, taking on a variety of duties such as Professor of Accompanying, Chairperson of the Department of Vocal Studies and Director of the ECU Opera Theatre. Currently he teaches group piano, harpsichord and directs the Early Music Ensemble. Dr. O'Brien has collaborated with such artists as Metropolitan Opera stars Hilda Harris and Victoria Livengood, violinist Eliot Chapo, tenor Bill Brown, flautist Carol Wincence, and clarinetist Deborah Chodacki. He has performed in New York's Merkin Recital Hall, and at the Istanbul Festival with cellist Selma Gokcen. As a harpsichordist he performs regularly with Clarino Consort and Baroque dance soloist Paige Whitley-Bauguess. He has performed recitals with soprano Julianne Baird and baroque violinist Julie Andrijeski. He was a featured artist at the 2005, 2006 and 2008 Magnolia Baroque Festival in Winston-Salem NC and he has performed two times at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival with Chatham Baroque.