Our Pianist:

Ross O’Connor is a Dublin based composer, orchestrator and lyricist. He is equally at home with electronic, contemporary and orchestral music. Credits as a composer include ‘Con Saw Tina’ a short film written and directed by Stephen Murray (writer of ‘Situations Vacant’), ‘Blue Soup’ an internet serial and ‘Fun Science’ a pilot for a children’s general science program for RTÉ.        

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As a professional musical director, Ross has worked for various artists and productions, to great acclaim. He has worked with some of Irelands finest producers, singers and songwriters, such as Linda Martin (Eurovision Winner) and Karl Broderick (Eurovision Songwriter), as an arranger and a mix engineer. As an arranger, his greatest achievement to date was being asked to write concert arrangements for the musicals ‘Wicked’ and ‘Billy Elliot’ for a performance in the Gaiety Theatre Dublin.

For the past 8 years he has been the musical director for Anthem Productions, annually producing sell out shows to approximately 20,000 people every year and receiving rave reviews.     As a guitarist/pianist, Ross has toured the country with professional shows and performers such as “Les Miserables”, “A Slice of Saturday Night”, “42nd Street” , The Blues Brothers Showband, Boogie Nights, Dickie Rock (Famous Irish Showband singer), “Abbasalutely” and many more. He is also a member of a successful classical guitar duo called Syncopath. Since February, he has been on tour with the professional Irish production of “Rent” the musical, which finishes at the beginning of May.

Ross studied guitar and piano in both the Newpark School of Jazz and the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama and was highly commended in both. While at Newpark College, Ross also studied composition under Ronan Guilfoyle and graduated with distinction.  In 2007, he completed his bachelor’s degree in music, where he studied under the accomplished Irish composer Gráinne Mulvey.

He received a first class honor in composition in his final year and was also awarded the Corporate-Music-Entertainmenthighest grade that year. Since then, he has completed two film scoring courses, with Berkelee College of Music online and Music for The Media.    

Working in a fully equipped studio, Ross has experience in many software applications used for composition, sequencing and scoring. He has a vast store of ever expanding virtual instrument libraries, which he uses to create mock-ups of compositions for projects. This studio is also used for live recording and mastering. Through this, he has gained valuable insight into all genres and standards of music. With a varied career, in most fields of music, Ross is a well-rounded composer and musician.

Some of Ross’s Past Exploits:

2003 – 2012

Musical Director

Anthem Productions Pantomime

Liberty Hall/Tivoli Theatre, Dublin

2010 – 2011

Pianist/Vocalist

Oscar Wilde

Irish Ferries

2011

Arranger/Guitarist

Whiskey In The Jar The Musical

Dublin

2011

Guitarist

Seussical The Musical

Pavilion Theatre, Dublin

2010

Guitarist

Les Miserables

Pavilion Theatre, Dublin

2010

Guitarist

Les Miserables

CBS Monkstown

2010

Guitarist

Rent

Wexford Opera House/Cork Opera House/

Olympia Theatre

2001 – 2009

Midas Recording Studios

Production/Arranging/Recording

2006 – 2008

Musical Director & Arranger

Blues Brothers Showband

Ireland

2008

Musical Director

Legally Blonde (exceprts)

Helix Theatre, Dublin

2007

Second Keyboard

42nd Street

Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

2007

Arranger/Musical Associate

Temple Street Charity Show

Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

2004

Guitarist

Slice of Saturday Night

Spirit Theatre, Dublin

2004

Guitarist

The Late Late Show (Slice of Saturday Night)

RTE Studios, Dublin

2002

Guitarist

Bachelor’s Walk, Second Season

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