Fri 11 Dec

MusicJohn O'Conor LIVESTREAM: Beethoven's Greatest Hits!

We are thrilled to welcome the acclaimed Irish pianist John O'Conor to Portico for a celebration of Beethoven's finest work: the 'Pathetique', 'Appassionata' and, of course, the 'Moonlight' sonatas. This concert will be streamed live from Portico to your home via the internet. To enjoy this concert you need an internet-enabled device such as a computer, tablet, digital TV or phone. Instructions on how to access the live event will be sent to ticket holders shortly before the concert starts. Portico's ability to live stream concerts in high quality has been made possible by funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Organisations Emergency Programme. This concert is supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Tickets cost £10. If there is more than one of you enjoying the concert please consider buying more than one ticket as performers and venues need your support.


Sonata No. 8 in c minor Op. 13 "Pathetique"

Sonata No. 14 in c sharp minor Op 27 No 2 "Moonlight"

Sonata No. 23 in f minor Op 57 "Appassionata"

About John O'Conor

The Irish pianist John O'Conor has been gathering wonderful reviews for his masterly playing for over forty years. Having studied in his native Dublin, in Vienna with Dieter Weber and being tutored by the legendary Wilhelm Kempff his unanimous 1st Prize at the International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna in 1973 opened the door to a career that has brought him all around the world.

His recordings of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas led CD Review to say that he "by now should be recognised as the world's premier Beethoven interpreter" and his recent recordings of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra and Andreas Delfs have also been greeted with acclaim. In the past year he has released two new CDs on the Steinway label, one of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations and the other of five Haydn Sonatas.

A Steinway Artist, he is Chair of the Piano Division at Shenandoah University in Virginia, Professor of Piano at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, International Visiting Artist at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Visiting Professor at Showa University in Japan.

For his services to music he has been decorated "Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" by the French Government, awarded the "Ehrenkreuz fur Wissenschaft und Kunst" by the Austrian Government, the "Order of the Rising Sun" by the Emperor of Japan, and has received many other awards.

O'Conor brought real poetry to his recital of late-period Beethoven ... incisive, even visionary projections that drove to the heart of the musical matter. O'Conor led us with a lucid touch and a keen intellect ... this artist has the kind of flawless touch that makes an audience gasp.

The Washington Post

John O'Conor, who by now should be recognized as the world's premier Beethoven interpreter, gives each sonata its due, never overworking, always sensitive to expressive possibilities inherent in a melody or suggested by a larger structural scheme.

CD Review


Event Details

Fri 11 Dec
19:30 to 21:00



  • The Portaferry Hotel
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Deli-licious
  • Salthouse Restaurant
  • The Cuan
  • Fiddler's Green

How to get here

Portico is easy to find in Portaferry. You can also get detailed driving directions or check out the ferry timetable for crossing from Strangford.