The John O’Conor Beethoven Project (Working Title)

Two hours south of Naples, clinging to the rugged Amalfi Coast, sits the town of Positano, the perfect place to get married, fall in love or just go shopping. But not everyone comes to soak up the sun, chill out or shop. In a villa overlooking the town, for two weeks every year, Dubliner John O’Conor gives a masterclass to some of the best young pianists from all over the world. In a tradition handed down to O’Conor by German concert pianist Wilhelm Kempff, the lesson is how to play Beethoven’s music in the manner the composer himself wished. These are lessons in piano-playing, in the music of the great Ludwig von Beethoven, as well as lessons in life.

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