GRANT O'BRIEN is a conductor, composer, and producer of contemporary music. During his studies at the Eastman School of Music, he worked extensively with conductors Dr. Oliver Hagen, Dr. Mark Scatterday in addition to the Emmy Award winning Mark Watters. Currently, Grant is studying orchestral conducting with Neil Varon at the Eastman School of Music. As a classically trained artist with a devotion to popular AND contemporary music, Grant continues to display himself as a versatile musician and an inventive concert producer.
Having studied tuba during his undergrad, Grant has performed with many ensembles including the East End Brass Band and the Eastman Philharmonia. He has toured with the Eastman Wind Ensemble after appearing on their recording of Jeff Tyzik’s Images and premiered Andre Previn's Music for Wind Ensemble (No Strings Attached). In January 2018 he performed Daugherty’s solo for tuba, Reflections on the Mississippi, with the Eastman Wind Orchestra led by Professor Mark Scatterday
Grant has conducted many ensembles in the Rochester area including the Eastman Graduate Orchestra, Upstate Brass Band, Eastman Tuba Mirum, MO Ensemble and Empire Film and Media Ensemble. He has also conducted in countless degree recitals at the Eastman School of Music in addition to several recording sessions with ensembles ranging from octet to a 50-piece orchestra. Most notably, Grant has conducted recording sessions for the award winning web-series, “Star Trek Continues” and film, “Aquarium” by Stephanie Maxwell.
Producing innovative community based projects has also been a passion of Grant’s professional career. His project, TERRA, raised funds for a local urban farming center through a benefit performance of pastoral concert pieces all performed with multimedia elements. His other community based accomplishments include producing, conducting and arranging for Songs of the Valiant, a benefit concert for the Wounded Warrior Project and The Flower City Show, a premiere of student and independent films with live orchestral accompaniment.
As a media music composer, Grant has written for 3 senior thesis films at the University of Texas, Chapman University and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Additionally, many of his arrangements of popular music have been aired live on Rochester’s WXXI Classical 91.5.