"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
"Pianist willing to take risks"
London based award-winning pianist Rebeca Omordia was born in Romania to a Romanian mother and a Nigerian father. She graduated from the National Music University in Bucharest in 2006 when she was awarded full scholarships to study in England at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and later at Trinity College of Music in London.
Described by the Guardian Nigeria as “ the virtuoso pianist who cast spell on Lagos”, Rebeca Omordia has made a name for herself as a vibrant and exciting virtuoso who is in demand throughout the UK and abroad as a soloist as well as a chamber musician. Prize winner in international piano competitions, Rebeca Omordia was awarded the Delius Prize in 2009, which led to an extensive duo-partnership with the British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. They toured the UK, performing in renowned venues including the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London, at Highgrove for the Prince of Wales and they made several broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. Further collaborations include international artists such as Raphael Wallfisch, Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, Amy Dickson and the Chineke! Chamber Ensemble. Rebeca's recording with British pianist Mark Bebbington, "The Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams" reached No. 3 in the UK's Classical Music Chart.
Rebeca is a great advocate of African classical music. Her CD “EKELE: Piano Works by African Composers”, released in March 2018 on Heritage label, was described as an "appealing album" by the BBC Music Magazine, "fascinating programme " by the Gramophone Magazine and “beautifully delivered recital" by The Sunday Times. In February 2019 she launched, as an Artistic Director, the first ever African Concert Series at the October Gallery in London, in partnership with the Institute of Music & Art AMI5, series described by the BBC as the “African Art Music makes a comeback”.
Rebeca is also a talented arranger, her arrangement of "The Seal Lullaby" by Grammy-winning composer Eric Whitacre, for cello and harp, was released on Deutsche Gramophon.
In 2016, Rebeca received the Honorary Membership Award (HonBC) from Birmingham City University for her contribution to the music industry as an alumna of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She is currently writing her PhD thesis.