Dustin O'Halloran has to be one of my favourite composers/performers of contemporary classical piano music after I discovered him just over a year ago when I did a Google to find out who had composed the music for the ITV trailer "The Brighter Side" and O'Halloran's name came up, and I subsequently went on to his own website and heard some MP3 samples of his piano music.
Dustin's music is reflective, often hypnotic, melancholic and hauntingly beautiful. In style, he's probably closest to the American composer and pianist Craig Urquhart; both compose and perform classically inspired piano music that tends towards the quiet, reflective side of the musical spectrum.
Much of Dustin's music has the Impressionistic quality of, say, Debussy or Satie, coupled with the minimalism of composers such as Ludovico Einaudi; fans of Einaudi's more reflective side (e.g. "Le Onde" and "Ombre" from the "Le Onde" album) will almost certainly love O'Halloran's music too.
There's a chance that you may already be familiar with some of the music on this album, as I'm pretty certain I've heard excerpts played as background music in TV documentaries recently.
I'm surprised at how many times I've already played this album; there's a timeless, evocative quality to it that's made it my first choice when I want to play something calming and restful but with a real depth of emotion to it.