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Christopher O’Riley


Growing up close to Chicago, Christopher O’Riley had taken lessons in classical piano but performed in rock and roll and fusion rings throughout middle and senior high school before his family transferred to Pittsburgh and he started tinkering with jazz. Still, it had been to traditional music that he changed as an occupation, attending the brand new Britain Conservatory in Boston. His 1st releases followed with this vein, single performances of functions by composers like Schumann, Beethoven, Ravel, Busoni, and Stravinsky, and he actually started hosting a radio system, From the very best, which was written by NPR and highlighted upcoming youthful traditional musicians. However, it had been when he branched from traditional that he started to gain wider interest in mainstream culture. After hearing Radiohead’s 1997 recording OK Pc (albeit a couple of years after it arrived), O’Riley became enthusiastic about the band and its own sound and go about transcribing parts for single piano. REAL LOVE Waits: O’Riley Has Radiohead arrived in 2003, accompanied by Keep Me to the, another Radiohead tribute, in 2005. For this same period, O’Riley, who didn’t consider himself a composer, also became alert to the music from the past due Elliott Smith. He had taken an identical liking to his music and released House to Oblivion: An Elliott Smith Tribute in 2006, sense which the singer’s words could possibly be provided sufficient respect and representation through his piano. Second Sophistication: Music of Nick Drake arrived the following calendar year.

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Full Name Christopher O'Riley
Profession Pianist
Education New England Conservatory of Music
Nationality American
Music Songs True Love Waits, Karma Police, Talk Show Host, Like Spinning Plates, Black Star, Paranoid Android, Let Down, Subterranean Homesick Alien, Motion Picture Soundtrack, No Surprises, Exit Music, Fake Plastic Trees, Street Spirit, Everything in Its Right Place, Knives Out, Heart-Shaped Box, , Thinking About You, Polyethylene, Part II, Us & Them, 2 + 2 = 5, Waltz #1, World Leader Pretend, Sail to the Moon, Woman in Chains, Gagging Order, Between the Bars, Everything Means Nothing to Me, The Rip, Not Half Right, Stupidity Tries, Speed Trials
Albums True Love Waits, Hold Me to This, Beethoven, Period., Home to Oblivion: An Elliott Smith Tribute, Second Grace: The Music of Nick Drake, O'Riley's Liszt, Tango Nuevo, Out of My Hands, Stravinsky: Histoire du Soldat, Pétrouchka, Apollo, The French Recital, Danielpour: Urban Dances; Psalms; The Enchanted Garden; Piano Quintet, Busoni, F.: Fantasia Contrappuntistica / Liszt, F.: Mephisto Waltz No. 1 / Bach, J.S.: Chaconne (O'Riley), Fuchs: String Quartet No. 5, 'American' - Falling Canons - Falling Trio, Adams, J.: Phrygian Gates / China Gates / Sessions: Piano Sonata No. 1 / Brief: Nightsong (O'Riley), Helps/Adams/Brieff/Sessions, SCRIABIN: Vers la flamme, Ravel, M.: Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales / Miroirs / Gaspard De La Nuit (O'Riley), Christopher O'Riley Plays Ravel, Schumann: Works For Violin And Piano, Highlights of Christopher O'Riley, Encores

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