Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Paul Konye, Nigerian Conductor & Violinist, in Spring 2008 Concert at Sienna College

The Spring 2008 Concert at Sienna College in New York will feature Dr. Paul Konye, Assistant Professor, as conductor of the Sienna Chamber Orchestra and violinist in the Sienna Community String Quartet, along with Ed Rucinsky, violin; Cathryn Magielski, viola; and Chame Blackburn, cello. The concert will take place on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 7:00 pm in Beaudoin (Foy) Theatre. The program will consist of Franz Schubert: Rosamunde Overture and Andrew Lloyd Weber: A Concert Celebration.

Biographical Sketch
Paul Konye was born in Lagos Nigeria, he is a musicologist, conductor, composer, and violinist. His musical education spans three continents; Africa, Europe, and North America. In Nigeria, he collaborated, studied both formally and privately with many of Nigeria’s foremost icons and composers of African art music such as, Kayode Oni, Samuel Akpabot, Akin Euba, Adam Fiberesima, and Lazarus Ekwueme.

Paul Konye was also musically associated with many musical organizations and institutions such as The International School Ibadan, The Polytechnic Ibadan, The University of Ibadan, The University of Ife, The University of Nigeria, and The University of Lagos. Of the many musical organizations that Dr. Konye was musically associated with before leaving Nigeria were, the then Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, and the Musical Society of Nigeria. His association with these composers, institutions, and organizations granted him a first-hand insight and interest in modern African art music. Full Biographical Sketch

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