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Brian Lawlor:
Piano, Bass, Guitar, Composition Instructor for teens and adults.
(Audition required for students under the age of 10)

Brian Lawlor is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and conductor with an excellent understanding of a multitude of various musical genres. He teaches piano, guitar, bass and composition at Garden St. Music. Equally adept in a variety of styles (from interpreting Bach on the piano to speed-metal guitar picking), Lawlor started his musical studies on the piano at age 7.  Within a year, he was performing and won his first piano competition at the New Jersey State Fair Talent Show . Over the next few years, he won that same competition many times by playing his own compositions. After winning the New York City Teen Talent Contest in 1999, Brian was invited to perform a solo piano set at Madison Square Garden for the New York Academy's Film, Video and Arts festival. Since then Brian has become a pro on piano, keyboards, organ, bass, guitar and dabbles in drums.

In 2002, Lawlor became the youngest person to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington.  While in Seattle, he received the prestigious Artist Support Grant from Jack Straw Productions to record ambitious original piano compositions. Lawlor was also one of 4 composers selected world-wide to be a Resident Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts, where he studied composition and conducting with Dallas Symphony Conductor Harold Farberman, and collaborated with writer Spalding Grey.

After Seattle, Brian was accepted into the Master's program at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Den Haag, The Netherlands.  While in Europe, he studied composition with Louis Andriessen and Frederic Rzewski at the Liege Conservatory in Belgium.  

Lawlor has performed (be it solo piano, with chamber ensembles, or jamming on guitar in rock groups) and taught throughout the United States, Europe, and China.

Currently, Brian composes a variety of music for modern dance and theatre in the NYC area.  He was also recently appointed Minister of Music at Fordham Lutheran Church in the Bronx. At Fordham, he conducts the Voices of Victory gospel choir and plays organ/keyboards for all the services. Brian's whistling can be heard in the production of Look For The Silver Lining in the end credits of the new indie feature film, Calling It Quits. He also directed Garden St Music's Rock Music Camp, June Jam Ensemble and The Winter Composers along with other specialty workshops at our studio.

Brian specializes in piano, guitar, bass and composition classes for teens and adults of all styles and levels. He also teaches intermediate and advanced children under the age of 10 but an audition is required. No audition is necessary for teens and adults.
       










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