Over the course of his long career as a classical pianist, Ronan O'Hora has given solo, chamber, and concerto performances around the world at major venues in UK, Europe, Asia, South Africa, Australia, Canada, and the United States. His broad repertoire includes works by Brahms, Britten, Chopin, Debussy, Dvorák, Fauré, Grieg, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky, among others. He has played with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, Florida Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Philharmonia Hungarica, Queensland Philharmonic, and Zurich Tonhalle. He has also played chamber concerts with the Britten Quartet, cellists Stephen Isserlis and Robert Cohen, and clarinetist Emma Johnson. Additionally, he has appeared in such prominent festivals as Brno, Gstaad, Montpelier, Salzburg, and Ravinia.
Television and radio performances include a televised recital at the Chopin Society in Warsaw, a televised performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Netherlands Radio Symphony, two Mozart chamber music concerts on BBC TV, and more than one hundred concerts on BBC Radio 3. Mr. O'Hora has made more than thirty recordings on the EMI, Fone, Regis, Royal Philharmonic, Tring International, and Virgin Classics labels of concertos by Grieg, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky; solo CDs of Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Satie, Schubert, and Schumann; and chamber music by Brahms, Britten, Fauré, Dvorák, and Mozart. His 2009 CD of piano sonatas by Haydn on Regis was highly acclaimed.
Mr. O'Hora was born in Manchester, UK, and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music under Ryszard Bakst. While in school, he won the Dayas Gold Medal, the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and the 1985 Stefania Niekrasz Prize for performances of Chopin works. He has taught at the Royal Northern College of Music, Chethams School of Music, and, since 1999, at the Guildhall School of Music, where he serves as head of keyboard studies. In 2008, Mr. O'Hora was appointed head of advanced performance studies at the Guildhall School of Music, while also teaching keyboard there. He regularly conducts master classes and adjudicates major international piano competitions.