"a subtle, sophisticated player with a maturity of both technique and interpretive outlook"
Cork pianist Gary Beecher has a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist. In 2019 he scored important international competition successes, including the International Nadia and Lili Boulanger Voice-Piano Competition (Paris), the Rudolf Jansen Pianist Prize at the 53rd International Vocal Competition LiedDuo (’s-Hertogenbosch), and 2nd Pianist Prize at the International Helmut Deutsch Lied Competition (Vienna).
He was the winner of the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year and has performed as soloist with both the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Venues he has performed in include the National Concert Hall and RDS in Dublin, University Concert Hall, Limerick, Cork Opera House and the Barbican and Wigmore Hall in London. Radio broadcasts include live performances on BBC Radio Three and RTÉ Lyric FM.
He completed his MA at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he was a Fellow and staff accompanist, and was also mentored by Julius Drake and Charles Owen. He holds a BMus and MA from the CIT Cork School of Music, where he studied with Susan & Jan Čáp, Michael McHale and Gabriela Mayer; and former teachers include Jacques Rouvier (Universität der Künste Berlin) and John O’Conor (RIAM).
He is currently undertaking a Doctorate at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where he is studying with Hugh Tinney. Gary has recently been appointed Assistant Lecturer of Piano and Contemporary Keyboards at the MTU Cork School of Music.