Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

African Classical Music

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Rebeca Ormodia

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Westminster Chapel, Harcourt Hill Campus


"I’ve been working with the brilliant young pianist, Rebeca Omordia. She 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 Birmingham Conservatoire and later at Trinity College of Music.

Recently featured on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Nigerian-Romanian pianist Rebeca Omordia is known as a vibrant, exciting virtuoso throughout the UK and overseas. She has collaborated with an array of musicians, including cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.

A strong advocate of Nigerian classical music, Rebeca’s CD Ekele released in 2018, was described as an "appealing album" (BBC Music Magazine), "fascinating programme "(Gramophone Magazine) and “beautifully delivered recital" (The Sunday Times).

In 2019 she launched in partnership with the Institute of Art and Music the first ever African Concert Series at the October Gallery in London, described by the BBC as "the African Art Music makes a comeback". The programme of the series reflects the depth and diversity of African art music, the richly diverse genre of music that originated in Ghana and Nigeria, which forms a bridge between Western classical music and traditional African music.

In 2016, Rebeca was awarded the Honorary Membership Award from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She is currently writing her PhD thesis.

Organised by the Department of History, Philosophy and Culture, BAME Action Group and the Centre for Medical Humanities

For further details please contact Professor Marius Turda: mturda@brookes.ac.uk