“ The virtuoso pianist who cast spell on Lagos”
The Guardian, Nigeria
"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 at Birmingham Conservatoire and later at Trinity College of Music in London.
Prize winner in international piano competitions including Beethoven Prize, Romania 2007 and Bela Bartók International Piano Competition, Hungary 2010, Rebeca Omordia was awarded the Delius Prize in 2009, which led to an extensive collaboration with the 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’s Trust and they made several live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.
Described by the Guardian, Nigeria as “ The virtuoso pianist who cast spell on Lagos”, Rebeca has performed as a soloist with MUSON Symphony Orchestra in Nigeria and the Romanian National Radio Orchestra. Her UK tour of the music of John Ireland was described as “completely compelling, authoritative and committed”, and “outstanding in every regard”.
Rebeca Omordia has made a name for herself as a vibrant and exciting virtuoso who is in demand throughout the UK and abroad. She has performed with world-renowned artists including Amy Dickson, Raphael Wallfisch, Elizabeth Llewellyn and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber. Rebeca's recording with 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 Nigerian classical music and has performed piano works by Nigerian composers for the African Union’s 50th Anniversary Concert in London. Her CD “EKELE: Piano Works by African Composers” , released in March 2018 on Heritage label, features music by three of Nigeria's most prolific composers and is designed to bring this music to a wider audience.
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 Conservatoire. She is currently writing her PhD thesis.