EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND
Brian Villa Connor is an accomplished concert pianist, composer and teacher. Brian graduated with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where he studied with Dr. Robert Roux and was awarded several annual scholarships, including the Andre Watts Endowed Scholarship. In 2009 he spent seven months studying in Vienna where he was a student of Jan Jiracek von Arnim, Professor of Piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria. Studying with Thomas LaRatta, Professor Emeritus and world-acclaimed virtuoso and master teacher, Brian earned his MFA in piano performance at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA. He has the “patience of a saint,” according to his students and their parents, and is dedicated to the growth of his students’ love for music and the development of their talent and creativity.
Brian has appeared in the Noontime Concerts Series at Old Saint Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco and has given performances and master classes across the United States. Brian is also the official accompanist of Silicon Valley Boychoir and holds a position as part-time faculty at Notre Dame de Namur University.
“With patience and perseverance, I always strive to guide my students to achieve their very best. Music can be expressed and enjoyed by all people, regardless of one’s ethnic or cultural background, age, gender, or other life circumstances. It has the power to breach the barriers of language and prejudice. It is with this attitude that I teach, using my knowledge and experience to help students develop their talents and broaden their musical passion and understanding.”