Sunday 12th January 2020, 7:30pm

Rebeca Omordia – Piano

Rebeca Omordia

John Ireland – Sarnia: Le Catioroc 
John Ireland – Amberley Wild Brooks 
Robert Schumann – Carnaval op. 9 
Robert Schumann – Kreisleriana op. 16
Fred Onovwerosuoke – Studies in African Rhythms 

“Rebeca Omordia is half Romanian, half Nigerian – and it’s a powerful combination! Rebeca’s technique knows no bounds but, more importantly, she plays with a depth of insight and understanding which is all too rare today.” Julian Lloyd Webber, London Magazine

London based award-winning pianist Rebeca Omordia was born in Romania to a Romanian mother and a Nigerian father. Having begun to establish a profile in her native country, she moved to the UK to study at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and later at Trinity College of Music in London. She received her Doctor in Music degree from the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania. 

Recently featured on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, and as Artist of the Month in the Classical Music Magazine, May 2019, Nigerian-Romanian pianist Rebeca Omordia is known as a vibrant, exciting virtuoso throughout the UK and overseas. She has toured widely as a soloist and chamber musician. In recent seasons she has performed as a soloist with MUSON Symphony Orchestra in Lagos, Nigeria, with Romanian National Radio Orchestra and with Chineke! Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

She has worked with an array of international musicians, including a three year- partnership with world-renowned British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber; they performed in venues such as the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London, at Highgrove, the residence of Prince of Wales and they made live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. Further musical partnerships have included performances and recordings with South African double-bass virtuoso Leon Bosch and collaborations with cellist Raphael Wallfisch and Chineke! Chamber ensemble. Rebeca’s CD with British pianist Mark Bebbington, “The Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams”, reached no. 3 in the UK’s Specialist Classical Music Chart. 

A proud ambassador of Nigerian classical music, Rebeca’s CD EKELE released in 2018 was described as a “fascinating programme ” by the Gramophone Magazine, “appealing album” by the BBC Music Magazine, and “beautifully delivered recital” by The Sunday Times.

In 2019 she launched the world’s first-ever African Concert Series in London, described by the BBC World Service as “the African Art Music makes a comeback”. 

Rebeca was a jury member in the 13th HRH Princess Lalla Meryem International Piano Competition in Rabat, Morocco. 

In 2016 she was awarded the Honorary Membership Award from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Tickets £20 including a glass of wine and a £1 donation to Africat
Or £46.50 including a two course meal after the concert and a glass of wine and a £1 donation to Africat