Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Dr. William Chapman Nyaho, Pianist of Ghanaian Heritage, Born in Washington, D.C. Dec. 28, 1958

[ASA: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent; William Chapman Nyaho, piano; MSR Classics MS1242 (2008)]

Dr. William Chapman Nyaho (b. 1958) was born in Washington, D.C. While still an infant ,he was taken by his parents to their native Ghana, where they raised him. Following his music education, he settled in the United States. His biographical profile can be found at AfriClassical.com and at http://www.nyaho.com/. In addition to his tireless teaching, including residencies, Dr. Nyaho has made unique contributions to the world of music in the form of two solo CDs which survey Composers of African descent from many countries, Senku and Asa, both on the MSR Classics label. The more recent of the discs is Asa, which has received high praise from music publications, including MusicWeb-International, which has said: “There’s a vast variety of styles and sounds here, many taking the European model as a starting point but each work quickly takes its own path in a most fascinating way.”

Dr. William Chapman Nyaho has also compiled and edited a landmark five-volume anthology Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora. The music is organized by skill level, from beginning to advanced. The series is published by Oxford University Press, and is readily available. Dr. Nyaho has also made a CD as part of the Nyaho/Garcia Duo. His Duo partner is Dr. Susanna Garcia. The Duo's CD Aaron Copland: Music for Two Pianos is a 1998 Centaur disc which has been released as a Download by ClassicsOnline.com.

February 2011 Performances:
Feb 13, 2011
Wolfeboro Friends of Music Concert Series
Wolfeboro, NH

Feb 16, 2011
12:10 pm
National Gallery of Art Concerts, National Gallery of Art, 4th and Constitution Avenue NW,
Washington, DC

Feb 19, 2011
7:30 pm
Azusa Pacific University, Warren Music Center 901 E. Alosta Ave.
Azusa, CA

Feb 24, 2011
February 24-26th 2011 Speakers and Artists Series, Whitworth University
Spokane, WA

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