Ella O’Neill is increasingly in demand across the UK as a pianist for song, chamber music and opera. In April 2019, she won the Help Musicians UK Accompanist’s Prize in the 64th Kathleen Ferrier Awards at Wigmore Hall. She has since returned to Wigmore Hall to perform in the venue's International Song Competition with tenor Laurence Kilsby and the finals of the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards with mezzo-soprano Rebecca Leggett. Other recent venues include Snape Maltings Concert Hall, the Royal Opera House Crush Room, Cadogan Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields. In a review of one of her recitals at St Martin-in-the-Fields, appearing with soprano Chanae Curtis, music blog The Cross-Eyed Pianist described her as ‘a masterful accompanist, and [who] has a tremendous future. She navigated the twists and turns of mood in the Beethoven with aplomb, and her handling of the Griffes and the Strauss lieder was delicate and assured’. Later this year Ella will join baritone Roderick Williams, alongside soprano Ella Taylor, baritone Themba Mvula and pianist Ana Manastireanu, in a collaborative performance of Schubert’s Schwanengesang at Glyndebourne Opera House, supported by Momentum. Ella is also excited to have been invited to Carnegie Hall next year to participate in their SongStudio with tenor Laurence Kilsby. Ella is a Samling Artist.
Away from the concert platform, Ella also works as a répétiteur for opera. In 2019, she joined Grange Park Opera as their
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répétiteur for Verdi’s Don Carlo, as well as some rehearsals for Hänsel and Gretel and Porgy and Bess. She recently recorded a programme of songs for Grange Park Opera with tenor Nicky Spence and mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately for a video production released online as part of GPO's Interim Season. Other companies she has worked with include English Touring Opera, Mid Wales Opera, Tête à Tête Festival, Operasonic, Barefoot Opera and Welsh National Opera (youth department and main house placement). In Autumn 2020, she toured with English Touring Opera, accompanying baritone Julien Van Mellaerts in two staged productions for solo singer and pianist: Argento's one-man opera A Water Bird Talk and Britten's song cycle Songs and Proverbs of William Blake.
Ella graduated with distinction from the Royal College of Music last July, where she studied postgraduate piano accompaniment with Simon Lepper, Kathron Sturrock and Roger Vignoles. During her time there she won the Alasdair Graham Pianist Prize in the RCM Lieder Competition and second prize in the Brooks van der Pump English Song Competition. She also won the Bryan Davies Memorial Piano Accompaniment Prize at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she completed her undergraduate degree with first class honours in 2017.