Ella O’Neill is 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 Memory of Arthur and Gwyneth Harrison in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards at Wigmore Hall. Other performance venues and festivals have included Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Royal Opera House Crush Room, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Sage Gateshead, Cedars Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, Buxton International Festival, Lewes Song Festival, Leeds Town Hall for Leeds Lieder and Brighton Dome for Brighton Festival with Roderick Williams and guests. Ella reunited with Roderick this year to perform Schubert’s Winterreise, in an English translation by Jeremy Sams, at Opera Holland Park for their Opera in Song recital series. Ella has also performed live on BBC Radio 3 InTune with both Roderick Williams and Mark Padmore.
In January 2022, Ella spent a week in New York participating in the Carnegie SongStudio- headed by Renée Fleming- with regular duo partner Laurence Kilsby. During her time there she made her debut in two out of Carnegie Hall’s three performance spaces- the Zankel and Weill Recital Halls- as well as performing in masterclasses with Hartmut Höll and Isabel Leonard. Later in 2022, she will join Oxenfoord International Summer School
and the Samling Academy as a staff pianist. Ella is a Samling artist.
Away from the concert platform, Ella has worked as a répétiteur for companies including Grange Park Opera, English Touring Opera, Mid Wales Opera, Tête à Tête Festival, Operasonic and Barefoot Opera. She also enjoys a long-standing professional relationship with voice teacher Rosa Mannion, for whom she plays for singing lessons at the Royal College of Music and privately. This has enabled Ella to develop a thorough understanding of vocal technique and how best to support singers as a coach.
Ella graduated with distinction from the Royal College of Music in July 2019, 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. Prior to that she studied undergraduate piano with Mei Yi Foo at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she won the Bryan Davies Memorial Piano Accompaniment Prize. Ella will return to the Royal College of Music this September as the Lord and Lady Lurgan collaborative piano fellow.
For a fully up-to-date biography for use in programmes, please contact Ella directly
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