Bridget O’Leary is an exciting young solo pianist, collaborator, teacher, and arts activist in Raleigh, North Carolina. Formerly based out of Kansas City, she is the founder of KC Young Musicians Roundtable, an outreach series that helps young musicians develop their professional careers and which provides support and advice for musician entrepreneurs. In 2018 she became a founding member of Xiphias Trio along with fellow members Erik Hassell and Larkin Sanders. During 2015-2017 Bridget was a member of the KC-based pop orchestra My Brothers and Sisters and has performed with the group at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas and at major festivals and venues in Kansas City. She is a former board member of Kansas City Music Teachers Association and her students actively participate in festivals and recitals. She is the past coordinator of Classical Revolution KC’s Second Sundays at Vinyl Renaissance, a monthly series dedicated to laidback classical music in a record store setting. Bridget is also founder and manager of Fourscore, a classical crossover quartet bringing energetic arrangements of pop songs to the piano quartet ensemble. Bridget previously taught applied piano at Ottawa University and served as staff accompanist.
Bridget received her bachelor’s degree in 2010 and her master’s degree in piano performance from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2012. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, Scott, and her two music-loving shorthair cats, Maria and Wolfgang.