Connor O'Kane

DMA Student
Performance - Solo Piano
Office: TC 332

Connor O’Kane is working towards a DMA in piano performance studying with Stéphan Sylvestre. He was recently awarded a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship for his research on the piano transcriptions of Sergei Prokofiev. Connor’s previous teachers include David Jalbert (University of Ottawa), Heather Taves (Wilfrid Laurier University), and Manuel Schweizer (Conservatoire de Lyon).

Connor made his debut as soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in 2014, performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor under the baton of Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser. Since then, he has performed in France, the USA, and across Canada. More recently, Connor was the 2018 winner of the Chamberfest Rising Star Award and a semi-finalist at the 2019 Stepping Stone Competition. An avid collaborative pianist and répétiteur, he has worked with conductors Alain Trudel, Tyrone Paterson, and Simone Luti, and has become a sought-after chamber musician.