Joe O’Grady wins 2021 Lucien and Maura Teissier Scholarship

RIAM Junior pianist Joe O’Grady wins 2021 Lucien and Maura Teissier Scholarship

Published: 10th May, 2021

The RIAM is thrilled to announce 15-year-old pianist Joe O’Grady as the recipient of the Lucien and Maura Teissier Scholarship 2021. The other finalists included Rachel O’Hara, Frasier Hickland, and Dida Condria. This annual scholarship, one of Ireland’s most substantial music awards, bestows €10,000 towards the winners’ study costs and is generously supported by Maura Teissier, FRIAM.

Joe performed Prokofiev: Allegro inquieto from Sonata No 7 Op 83, Chopin: Etude in C sharp minor Op 10 No 4, and Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No 6. The judging panel consisted of Deborah Kelleher, RIAM Director (Chair), Colma Brioscú, RIAM Head of Keyboard, Jane Carty, Member of the RIAM Board of Governors, and Veronica McSwiney, Pianist.

Speaking on the evening, Jury member Veronica McSwiney said “It has been a pleasure and a great, great privilege for me to sit here and listen to these young pianists. These are the young pianists of the future, and Ireland should be so proud of the talent we have produced. However, young musicians also need financial help and we are very grateful to Maura Teissier for putting forward this wonderful scholarship.

What a fantastic competition we have experienced from four outstanding artists this year” said Deborah Kelleher, RIAM Director before announcing the results. “On behalf of the jury I want to thank all of these young performers sincerely for their incredible performances. We are more grateful than we can say to Maura Teissier who has been the founder, and consistent advocate for young musicians, throughout the two decades of this competition”.

Also announced on the night was a brand new award, The Beethoven “Fidelio” Perpetual Prize presented by Eithne & Eamonn Byrne, which was awarded to Rachel O’Hara for her performance of the Berg Sonata Op 1.

Joe O'Grady has been studying at the Royal Irish Academy of Music since he was six and he is currently a student of Hugh Tinney. Joe has won numerous first prizes in Feis Ceoil including the Junior Concerto, Dorothy Stokes Cup, and the Patricia Read Cup. Joe made his piano solo début in Carnegie Hall with New York Concerti Sinfonietta and in Trinity College Dublin with the Royal Irish Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra when he was nine. Aged 11, he performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No1 with RIAM Symphony Orchestra in UCD Astra Hall and aged 12, he was invited to play in RDS Rising Star series. He is a winner in the William Finlay Programme for Gifted Young Pianists, and was the recent recipient of the Ursula Uí Chuinneagáin Bursary for Young Pianists at the RIAM.

To watch the competition back on our YouTube Channel please view below.