Gary Beecher

Piano

"a subtle, sophisticated player with a maturity of both technique and interpretive outlook"

Belfast Telegraph

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Biography

Gary Beecher is a pianist from Cork, Ireland, with a varied career as a collaborative pianist and soloist. 

 

Gary has won several international awards as a collaborative pianist. He was the winner of the 2019 International Nadia & Lili Boulanger Voice-Piano Competition (Paris) with Erika Baikoff (soprano), the winner of the 2019 Rudolf Jansen Pianist Prize at the 53rd International Vocal Competition for Lied Duo ('s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands), as well as the 2nd Pianist Prize winner at the 2019 Helmut Deutsch International Lied Competition (Vienna). Gary was also a winner of the 2019 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform with Ema Nikolovska (mezzo-soprano). 

In 2017-18, Gary was awarded the Guildhall Piano Accompaniment Prize, Graham Johnson’s Song Guild Paul Hamburger Prize, the Prince Consort Side-by-side Recital at Wigmore Hall and the Guildhall Franz Schubert Lieder Prize. 

 

As a soloist, Gary was the winner of the ‘Irish Freemason’s Young Musician of the Year’ and had his concerto debut performing Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and conductor John Wilson in the National Concert Hall. Gary returns regularly to perform as soloist with both the RTÉ National Symphony of Orchestra and RTÉCO and has worked with conductors such as David Brophy, Benjamin Pope and José Sérébrier. 

 

Gary completed his MA at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he was subsequently a Fellow and staff accompanist. While in London, Gary was mentored by Julius Drake, Eugene Asti, Iain Burnside, Graham Johnson and Charles Owen among others.

 

Gary holds a BMUS and MA from the CIT Cork School of Music, where he studied with Susan & Jan Cáp, Michael McHale and Dr. Gabriela Mayer. Gary’s former teachers also include Jacques Rouvier (UDK Berlin) and Dr. John O’Conor (RIAM).

 

Gary is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Music Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music where he is studying with Hugh Tinney. Gary holds a teaching position at RIAM and a coach accompanist role at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. 

Contact

In addition to live performance, Gary is also available for piano teaching, vocal & instrumental coaching, and accompaniment

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