Tutor of Piano, Music Theory and Composition
Irish pianist Brian has recently completed his Master of Performance in Collaborative Piano at the Royal College of Music, where he also took modules in improvisation and composition for screen. He has performed across a wide variety of genres, including art song, opera, musical theatre, popular and orchestral.
Venues he has performed in across London include the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall Princess Alexandra Hall at the Royal Over-Seas League and recitals in churches such as St Marylebone, St. James' Sussex Gardens and St. George's Hanover Square.
Brian was also the musical director and arranger/composer for a new musical entitled 'The Ballad of the Cosmo Cafe' in 2019, which was performed in Belsize Park as part of the Insiders/Outsiders festival. He also collaborates with Irish singer-songwriter Emmett Daly, and they have performed together in venues such as the h Club in the West End and The Tunnel Bar in Boma Bridge, Putney.
During his undergraduate, Brian specialised in arranging, orchestration, harmony and counterpoint, which enables him to teach up to Grade 8 theory and beyond with higher level students. He thoroughly enjoys improvising, and incorporates improvisation into his music lessons, as well as playing by ear and composing.
"I have been fortunate enough to have had Brian as a teacher and mentor throughout my music education. As a piano teacher, Brian was highly committed to my development as a pianist and my overall development in terms of musicianship. Brian was inspiring, passionate, patient, enthusiastic and imparted a love for music that has been a constant throughout my life. Brian had a holistic approach to my piano lessons, he delved into improvisation, the understanding of theory, accompaniment skills, composition, musicianship skills, performance and ensemble work. He seamlessly wove these elements together in all of my lessons which have made me the musician I am today. Brian prepared me for my Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree at the CIT Cork School of Music and tutored me in Harmony and Counterpoint during my degree, which greatly improved my understanding of the music I was studying at the time. Brian also prepared me for my postgraduate Diploma in Kodály in Music Education at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music by teaching me Solfége. In the past year, Brian has also prepared me for my audition for the MA in Kodály Music Education course at the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. Brian has been nothing but a positive and guiding light in my career and being under his tutelage has inspired me to become a music educator and to hopefully pass on the love of music that he has passed on to me." - Sarah Keane