Cameron O'Connor

Musician


Los Angeles, CA
Guitar
6 Played at 6 groupmuses!

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Hi everyone! I've always thought that the home was always the ideal venue for music-- performers, able to share their personal connections and stories about music, find in the living room a lot of the warmth that is lost in larger halls. I play all sorts of music--from the Renaissance to brand-new compositions fresh off the press-- and love to talk about what I do. Here's a bit about me:

Award-winning and critically acclaimed, Cameron O’Connor enjoys a diverse career in solo, chamber, and contemporary music. Recent and current performance engagements include those with John Adams, Michael Tilson Thomas, the New York Virtuoso Singers, and Boston's Firebird Ensemble. His playing has been featured in films, including James Franco’s Don Quixote, and his performances have been heard on Seattle's Classical 98.1 KingFM, American Public Media’s Performance Today, and KPFK's Global Village.

Cameron made his Lincoln Center debut under the baton of Tan Dun, in which he performed the Concerto for Six, an ensemble piece which mixes Western and Eastern musical idioms; in a review of the concert, the New York Times observed that Cameron “fluttered on his guitar strings in a manner reminiscent of a pipa player’s technique.” Other recent highlights include an “especially effective” (South Florida Classical Review) performance at the New World Center in Miami, an invitation to perform at the 9/11 Memorial in New York (a ceremony which featured Vice President Joe Biden and New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg), serving as part of the Worcester Chamber Music Society’s Fellowship Ensemble, and performing as a guest artist at the Aspen Music Festival. He is furthermore a prizewinner in 10 international competitions, including the Frances Walton and Tokyo International Guitar Competition.

A strong believer in the importance of the accessibility of arts for the public, Cameron has spearheaded several events, such as free concerts at elementary schools and libraries, and has performed at several Classical Revolution Los Angeles events; he also organized the Royal High School Band Alumni Concert Fundraiser, the funds of which benefitted music students of the school. O’Connor’s teaching experience ranges from the Music Advancement Program at the Juilliard School to the Aspen Music Festival and School, as teaching assistant to Sharon Isbin; and at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music as a graduate assistant. He also provides several interactive performances each month in non-traditional venues-- from hospitals to juveniles halls-- as a fellow with the Thornton-Gluck Fellows Program.

Cameron graduated cum laude from California State University Northridge, where he studied under Ron Borczon, Ronald Purcell, and Steve Thachuk. He recently received his Master Of Music degree from the Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied with Sharon Isbin. O’Connor studied with William Kanengiser while working on his doctorate at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. He serves on the faculty of CSU Bakersfield, Riverside City College, and Bakersfield College; his scholarly and musical publications can be found through LACG Editions (lacg.net).

Traditional Repertoire

Solo guitar:

Isaac Albeniz:
Granada
Mallorca

Julian Arcas:
Fantasia on Verdi's 'La Traviata'

J.S. Bach:
Suite for lute in E major, BWV 1006a
Suite for lute in A minor BWV 997
Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro for lute BWV 998
Prelude for lute, BWV 999
Prelude BWV 893 for keyboard
Excerpts from the violin and cello solo works

Agustín Barrios:
Un Sueño en la Floresta
Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios
Choro de Saudade
Las Abejas

Benjamin Britten:
Nocturnal after John Dowland

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco:
Selections from the Caprichos de Goya
Selections from Platero y Yo
Rondo, op. 129
Fantasia on the name 'Purcell'
Tonadilla on the name 'Segovia'
Tarantella

John Dowland:
Farewell
Forlorne Hope Fantasy

Manuel de Falla:
Homenaje for the tomb of Claude Debussy

Mauro Giuliani:
Rossiniana no. 5

Antonio Jose:
Sonata

Michael Lee:
Unmasked

Joan Manen:
Fantasia-Sonata

W.A. Mozart:
Adagio for Glass Harmonica

Federico Moreno-Torroba:
Selections from the Castles of Spain

Marlos Nobre:
Prologue and Toccata

Niccolo Paganini:
Selections from the Caprices for solo violin

Manuel Ponce:
Sonata Romantica
Theme, Variations, and Finale
Selections from the Preludes
Sonata no. 3
Prelude in the style of Weiss

Relly Raffman:
Für Eliot

Giulio Regondi:
Variations on Bellini's 'Capulets and Montagues'

Joaquin Rodrigo:
Concierto de Aranjuez
Trés piezas españolas

Domenico Scarlatti:
Selections from the Sonatas

Fernando Sor:
Theme and Variations, op. 15
Sonata, op. 15
Variations on Mozart's Magic Flute, op. 9
Mozart aria arrangements
Fantasia in D minor

Francisco Tarrega:
Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Capricho Arabe
Maria
Lágrima
Marieta

Toru Takemitsu:
Selections from pop arrangements
All in Twilight
Equinox

Richard Wagner:
Three pieces from Lohengrin
Hymn to the Evening Star

Chamber Music:

Guitar and flute

J.S. Bach:
Sonata in C

CPE Bach:
Hamburg Sonata

Robert Beaser:
Mountain Songs

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Sonatina

Manuel de Falla:
Siete canciones populares españolas

Mauro Giuliani:
Grand Duo Concertante, op. 85

Astor Piazzolla:
Histoire du Tango

George Rochberg:
Muse of Fire

Toru Takemitsu:
Toward the Sea

Guitar and violin:

Manuel de Falla:
Siete canciones populares españolas

Mauro Giuliani:
Duo Concertante, op. 25

Astor Piazzolla:
Histoire du Tango

Niccolo Paganini:
Cantabile
Sonata Concertante

Richard Wagner:
Sonata for Frau Wesendonck
Träume
Im Treibhaus

Guitar and voice:

Benjamin Britten:
Songs from the Chinese

Manuel de Falla:
Siete canciones populares españolas

Giacomo Puccini:
O mio babbino caro

Fernando Sor:
Spanish and Italian songs; Mozart arrangements

Richard Wagner:
Träume
Im Treibhaus

Videos

Performed groupmuses (6)

Classical Guitar in the Woodlands

  • Sunday, March 24, 2019, at 7:00 PM
  • Verdugo Woodlands, Glendale

This groupmuse happened over 2 years ago

Pickford Summer Groupmuse

  • Sunday, July 22, 2018, at 3:00 PM
  • Studio Village, Culver City

This groupmuse happened about 3 years ago

Centrifuge Arts + Groupmuse: Vol. 5

  • Friday, July 20, 2018, at 7:30 PM
  • Encino, Los Angeles
This groupmuse happened over 3 years ago

Living Room Concert - Valentines Weekend

  • Sunday, February 18, 2018, at 7:00 PM
  • Mar Vista, Los Angeles

This groupmuse happened over 3 years ago

Pickford Groupmuse #3

  • Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 3:00 PM
  • Studio Village, Culver City

This groupmuse happened almost 4 years ago

Final Sundays Concert Series

  • Sunday, August 27, 2017, at 5:30 PM
  • Canyon Country, Santa Clarita
This groupmuse happened about 4 years ago