Conor O'Riordan

BMus (Perf)

Lecturer in Tuba and Euphonium

Conor O'Riordan started his musical life as a euphonium player in the Rathfarnham Concert Band and continued his studies at DIT Conservatory of Music with Sean Fleming and Harmut Pritzel. He subsequently made the change to the tuba and on completion of his music Performance Degree was awarded the Michael McNamara Gold Medal for outstanding performance in a final recital. He then went on to postgraduate studies at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied with Patrick Harrild and Jim Anderson. Conor has also studied with world renowned tubist, Roger Bobo in Florence. A former member of the National Youth Orchestras and Wind Ensemble, he has also played regularly with both the NSOI, RTE Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra and various freelance orchestras. As a soloist he has played concerti with the DIT College of Music Wind Ensemble, the Guildhall School of Music Wind Ensemble, Hibernian Orchestra, as a finalist in the Young Musician of the Future with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and most recently with the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble.

On his return from London, Conor worked as a freelance tuba player and teacher until his appointment to the position of Orchestra Manager with the RTE Concert Orchestra in 2004. In August 2007, he returned to playing as a profession when he joined the Tuba section of the Band of An Garda Siochána. Conor has recently been appointed to the faculty of DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.