Andrew O'Brien is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music with the Music Teachers National Association.
Andrew received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at Arizona State University where he studied with Robert Hamilton. He began piano study in the Chicago area at age seven, taking lessons from Nancy Burghardt and Amo Cappelli. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University where he studied with Robert McDowell and Pawel Checinski. Andrew received a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, studying piano with Gabriel Chodos and chamber music with Benjamin Zander. For a number of years he studied privately in New York City with Karl Ulrich Schnabel.
He has performed at Boston College, Dartmouth College, University of New Hampshire and as soloist with the Nashua (NH), San Tan (AZ), and North Valley (AZ) Chamber Orchestras. Andrew appeared several times in master classes at New York City’s Dalcroze School of Music at the invitation of Mr. Schnabel. In 1995, in Italy, under the auspices of the Rockefeller Foundation, Andrew played a concert at the Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, and another at the Teatro Roma in Cerignola. This September, he also made his sixth annual Silverton Fall Colors Music Fest, and performed in a chamber music concert at Colorado Mesa University.
Prior to relocating to Arizona in 2000 he was on staff at St. Paul’s School and Concord Community Music School, both in New Hampshire, where he taught piano for 12 years. Andrew is an adjunct faculty instructor in piano, music history, and music theory at Scottsdale Community College and also teaches privately in Phoenix. He also is staff pianist for the Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, Ahwatukee, and the Sun Lakes Lutheran Church, Sun Lakes. In 2009-2011, Andrew served as second vice-president of competitions for the Arizona State Music Teachers’ Association. He is a member of the College of Examiners of Canada’s Royal Conservatory of Music and the Music Development Program.