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
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.