Classical Journey Episode 134: Echezonachukwu Nduka – Let the maestro…

Echezonachukwu Nduka

Echezonachukwu Nduka expresses different African textures in rhythm as he gives us the piano works of Fred Onovwerosuoke – Studies in African Rhythm Nos 1and 3 Okoye and Udje; Christian Onyeji – Echoes of Traditional Life; and Oga’s Maiden Game and Echezonachukwu by Chijioke Ngobili.

Born and raised in Nigeria, Echezonachukwu’s musical journey began when he was aged twelve. He started as a choirboy and was thereafter introduced to the piano.

As an undergraduate of Music at the University of Nigeria, he studied the piano under Dr. Adebowale Oluranti Adeogun, and Professor Christian Onyeji. He served as one of the pianists in the department, accompanying operas and oratorios in various ensembles until he graduated magna cum laude in 2010.

In 2015, he earned an MA in Music from Kingston University London, UK.

His performance repertoires include works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Chopin.

As a Nigerian classical pianist, Echezonachukwu Nduka specializes in piano music by composers from Africa and the African Diaspora and has performed works by Onyeji, Onovwerosuoke, Ngobili, Uzoigwe, Omojola, Sylvanus, Dett, among others.

In addition, Echezonachukwu Nduka is one of Nigeria’s young promising writers. With literary works, both fiction and poetry, published in mainstream journals, magazines, and anthologies in Africa and beyond, he systematically balances his artistry between music and literature.

As a music scholar, his theoretical and research articles are published in Academic journals such as Nsukka Journal of Musical Arts, Awka Journal of Music and Research, and Nairobi Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences.

He is Music Director and Organist at Transformation Church, Mays Landing, where he also teaches the Piano at Music Academy at Transformation [MAAT].

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