Ella O'Neil

Award: Accompanist's Award

Year: 2019

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: London

Ella O’Neill performs regularly across the UK as a song and chamber music pianist. This April, she performed in the finals of the Kathleen Ferrier Awards at Wigmore Hall, where she was awarded the Help Musicians UK Accompanist’s Prize in memory of Arthur and Gwyneth Harrison. Other venues include Cadogan Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Bath Abbey and the Dora Stoutzker Hall, Cardiff, where she performed Brahm’s Liebeslieder Walzer as part of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World’s fringe series. In a review of her recital with Chanae Curtis at St Martin’s, 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’.
Away from the concert platform, Ella also works as a répétiteur for opera. She first became involved in opera when she played orchestral piano and celeste for a production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw in 2014. Since then, she has worked with Grange Park Opera, Welsh National Opera, Mid Wales Opera, Operasonic, Barefoot Opera and the Tête à Tête Festival.
Ella graduates from the Royal College of Music this July (2019), where she has been studying 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.