Connor is 13 years of age and has been studying piano with Ms. Cheryl Graham since he was 5 years of age. Connor has accomplished many wonderful things, the least of which are not the value of hard work and a sense of pride in his personal accomplishments.
Connor has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards from various Music Festivals and the Ontario Registered Music Teacher Association, including being the recipient of the Canada Music Week Award for highest exam marks in his Royal Conservatory Practical Exams for several years. Connor regularly achieves First Class Honours with Distinction on both his practical and theoretical exams. He will be taking his RCM Grade 8 Piano exam in August.
This past spring Connor received Barrie Music Festival Association’s Scholarship for Outstanding Performer in Senior Piano along with First Place in Senior Piano at South Simcoe Arts Council Music Festival. As the top senior pianist, Connor was chosen to represent BMF and SSAC at the Ontario Music Festival Association Provincial Competition in June 2018 where Connor was honoured to be awarded First Place out of 45 amazing Grade 8 level pianists from across Ontario. As a result of these awards over the years, Connor has been invited to perform at many prestigious gala awards concerts.
Masterclasses have been taken with respected professionals including Dr. Dmitry Rachmanov, Dr. Michael Esch, Dr. Koichi Inoue, and Dr. Penny Johnson.
The OYMI competition has been a great experience! In addition to several first place awards in the OYMI Music Festival, Connor also received Most Gifted Award and Best Performance Award.
Most recently, Connor competed in the OYMI Global Final Competition hosted by the GOCAA at the University of California Northridge. Connor was awarded First Place in the Grade 8 Piano Graded Examination Group and First Place in the Youth Division C Professional Group. Connor was also honoured to be awarded the Overall Signatory Youth Pianist Award.
Connor always enjoys performance opportunities and has been happy to volunteer for several fundraiser concerts.
Here’s what Connor says about music:
“I love to perform because I love music. I feel music. I love being able to make people feel what I feel through music. Music is a gift, a universal language with the ability to make people feel. I enjoy performing for people and making people happy.
I like the challenge music festivals and competitions present, to push myself to be better and I enjoy the incredible competition of other talented musicians. I am truly grateful for all of these wonderful gifts and opportunities.”
When not playing piano, Connor can be found enjoying outdoor activities, playing Goalie for his hockey team or swimming as he completes his Lifeguard and Swimming Instructor courses.