Beethoven Bootcamp is a one-week summer intensive that challenges students to dig deep within themselves to explore the artistry of Beethoven’s music and further refine their technique. Piano students from around the world are invited to apply to study with internationally celebrated Irish pianist John O’Conor who is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading Beethoven interpreters. Regarded as an outstanding piano teacher, O’Conor is revered for his immensely demanding and successful approach in helping the next generation of pianists master the complexities and nuances of Beethoven’s masterpieces.
Meet John O'Conor
Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, Chair of Keyboard Division and Professor of Piano at Shenandoah Conservatory
Irish pianist John O’Conor has garnered great critical acclaim for his masterful playing for over forty years. Having studied in his native Dublin, in Vienna with Dieter Weber and with the legendary Wilhelm Kempff, his unanimous first prize at the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna in 1973 opened the door to a career that has brought him all around the world.
The 2020 Beethoven Bootcamp at Shenandoah Conservatory accepts up to 12 participants. Applicants must submit a current CV and video recording when registering for the event. Applications open Thursday, January 2, 2020 and are due before Sunday, May 31, 2020.
The 2020 Beethoven Bootcamp at Shenandoah Conservatory accepts up to 20 auditors. Applicants must submit a current CV when registering for the event. Applications open Thursday, January 2, 2020, for auditors and are open until all slots are filled.
Tuition is $1,500 for student participants and includes daily masterclass with John O’Conor, housing in the community, lunch and excursion.
Tuition is $100 per day or $500 for the entire session for auditors.
Payment information is provided once applicants are accepted into the program.
John O’Conor’s Beethoven Bootcamp
RTÉ One, 1 x 54’ Documentary, 2009
Dublin Documentary Film Festival
Internationally acclaimed concert pianist John O’Conor tries to pass on the power of Beethoven’s music to the next generations of musicians. Over two weeks of tears and tantrums, clashing personalities and fiery temperaments, seven aspiring concert pianists are put through an often painful, but ultimately life-changing, rite of passage.
Private guest accommodation for participants is provided by Shenandoah Conservatory upon request.
Shenandoah University became an All-Steinway School in 2015 after completing its $2.7 million campaign. Shenandoah Conservatory currently maintains a fleet of 96 pianos and is one of 16 conservatories in the world to bear the All-Steinway status.
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