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African Diaspora Convocation

Feb. 26- Ghanaian American concert pianist William Chapman Nyaho entertained the Berea campus with his performance “Music by Composers of the African Diaspora”.

William Chapman Nyaho

The Concert, part of Berea College’s observance of Black History Month, was co-sponsored by Berea College Convocations and the department of African and African American Studies.

Chapman Nyaho has performed recitals in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and the Caribbean, with every performance he brings a unique cultural background and an eclectic musical sense. His ground-breaking CD SENKU: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent on the MSR Classics Label has been critically acclaimed by publications that include Gramophone Magazine and Fanfare Magazine.

Chapman Nyaho also performs as soloist with various orchestras including the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. He is part of the duo piano team, the Nyaho/Garcia Duo that has also released a compact disc on the Centaur Label entitled Aaron Copland: Music For Two Pianos. He also has been featured on radio and television broadcasts in Ghana, Switzerland, and on National Public Radio (NPR).

After studying piano at the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, Switzerland, Chapman earned a Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music, then his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Chapman Nyaho is also the winner of prizes from the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition and the Ibla Grand Prize International Competition in Italy. In addition to his career as a concert artist, Chapman Nyaho, who lives in Seattle, Wash., is an independent scholar and teacher with a special interest in composers of African descent.

The audience was transfixed by the art portrayed by Nyaho. Students listened as he played a blend of music including an opening sonata by Beethoven, the music from the African Diaspora, and a jazz inspired piece as well.

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