Award-winning and critically acclaimed, Cameron O’Connor is among the most exciting and versatile of the new generation of American classical guitarists. In addition to recently winning First Prize in the Appalachian International Guitar Competition, he has been a top prizewinner in the Portland, Indiana, and Sierra Nevada International Guitar Competitions, as well as the Antelope Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale J.S. Bach Competition, Randy Rhoads Memorial Guitar Competition, and CSUN Concerto Competition. Current performance engagements include projects with John Adams, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Boston’s Firebird Ensemble.
Pursuing a strong interest in early music, Cameron has studied the lute and Renaissance performance under the esteemed Ron Purcell. This, in addition to a love for music in the ensemble setting, has pushed him into composing and arranging new music for both ensemble and solo guitar; Cameron recently gave a lecture arranging the music of Richard Wagner at USC’s Doheny Library. 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 is now a student of Bill Kanengiser and graduate teaching assistant at the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.
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