Connor O'Kane

DMA Candidate
Performance - Solo Piano
Office: TC 332

Connor O’Kane is working towards a DMA in piano performance studying with Stéphan Sylvestre. He is a recipient of the 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. He is a winner of the Chamberfest Rising Star Award and was a semi-finalist at the 2019 Stepping Stone Competition. An avid collaborative pianist and répétiteur, Connor has worked with conductors Simone Luti, Alain Trudel, and Tyrone Paterson, and currently serves as assistant conductor for Western’s opera program.