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Charismatic Romanian-Nigerian pianist Rebeca Omordia held an extraordinary concert in Washington, D.C., dedicated to the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Pianist Rebeca Omordia held an extraordinary recital on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at the Embassy of Romania to the U.S. The event was part of a series of cultural events dedicated to the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, being achieved with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York.

The program included works by George Enescu, Paul Constantinescu, Clara and Robert Schumann, Maurice Ravel, John Ireland, Ayo Bankole and Fred Onovwerosuoke. The chosen repertoire delighted the audience who cheered for several minutes, putting the pianist’s extraordinary abilities to the forefront.

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. 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. Most recently 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 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 several live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. Further musical partners have included cellist Raphael Wallfisch, double bass virtuoso Leon Bosch, and the Chineke! Chamber Ensemble; her CD with piano duo - partner Mark Bebbington, “The Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams” reached no. 3 in the UK’s Specialist Classical Music Chart. 

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.

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