artist in residence and artistic director of the african concert series in london
Rebeca Omordia is appointed ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of the first ever AFRICAN CONCERT SERIES starting at The October Gallery in London in February 2019, especially to curate a music programme that 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
“Ekele: A Celebration of African Art Music”, is a collaboration between AMI5 ( The Institute of Art & Music) and the London-based Nigerian-Romanian pianist Rebeca Omordia. AMI5 is a platform that explores and presents the work from art practitioners , with an emphasis on The Global South, holding monthly cultural events across various venues in London.
1-10 November 2018
Rebeca is a member of the jury in the 13th HRH Princess Lalla Meryem International Piano Competition in Rabat, Morocco.
press for “ekele”
THE SUNDAY TIMES REVIEW:
"Beautifully delivered recital... of pieces that preserve an authentic local spirit"
BBC Music Magazine Review:
“Skilfully compiled and beautifully performed by Rebeca Omordia, Ekele places a welcome spotlight on contemporary piano works by African composers, introducing new audiences to a neglected but vibrant strand of classical music.”
Classical Music Magazine
Rebeca's article on Nigerian classical music was published in the April issue of Classical Music Magazine
4-11 march 2018
Rebeca will perform at MUSON (Musical Society of Nigeria) Centre in Lagos, Nigeria in March 2018. The programme will include a solo piano recital on 4th March to feature Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit and Ayo Bankole's Piano Sonata no. 2 and on 11th March she will perform Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto no. 1 in Eb major with MUSON Symphony Orchestra.
Rebeca will also give a masterclass to the students of MUSON School of Music on 6th March in Agip Recital Hall.
7 october 2017
the english music festival
Rebeca will perform a recital with cellist Joseph Spooner at the English Music Autumn Festival to celebrate the release of their new CD on English Music Records.
3 July 2017
'Legend' by John Ireland
Rebeca plays 'Legend' by John Ireland for piano and orchestra in a rare live broadcast from Radio Hall in Bucharest with Universitaria Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexandru Ganea
13-17 MAY 2017
Pianist Rebeca Omordia and cellist Razvan Suma will be touring Romania in May 2017 with an all British music programme featuring John Ireland's Cello Sonata. Their performances will include a live broadcast from the Radio Hall in Bucharest on 17 May.
Read press release here
1 april 2017
classical events APRIL feature
"I was trained to be a soloist but Julian Lloyd Webber taught me to love chamber music. It is quite special to play with someone with whom you can share same understanding and love for the music"
Jonathan Heaton interviews Rebeca in the Classical Events' April feature
Read full interview here
8-20 MARCH, 2017
For pianist Rebeca Omordia, continuing her exploration of music by British composers has led to a UK tour with cellist, Răzvan Suma, resident cellist and director of the Romanian National Broadcasting Orchestras. Pianist Rebeca Omordia and cellist Răzvan Suma will be touring the UK in March 2017 to showcase Sonatas for cello and piano by John Ireland and George Enescu and a World Premiere performance, "Fast Music" by Robert Matthew-Walke
"Hearing these two young Romanian musicians give a recital almost entirely made up of English music provided a moving experience"
Chris Morley, Birmingham Post
"Enterprising, vivacious and practically flawless duo"
Michael Round, British Music Society
"John Ireland's masterpiece, the 'Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor', ebbed and flowed with passion, sensitivity and assurity."
Jonathan Heaton, Classical Events
"Their realisation of the work’s (John Ireland's Cello Sonata) inner turbulence and despair were brought out in such a stark and compelling fashion as to convince one that it is a great masterpiece. No realisation I have ever heard, live or on record, has ever approached the level of this playing"
Robert Matthew-Walker’s Fast Music, here received its first performance... Fast and furious it turned out to be, full of intriguing rhythmic devices"
"Impressive duo... well-conceived and superbly executed programme"
3 MARCH 2017
No. 3 in the Classical Charts!
Rebeca's album with Mark Bebbington of the complete piano music of Vaughan Williams is Number 3 in the Classical Music Charts!
“Mark Bebbington and Rebeca Omordia finding a unremitting logic, sweep and concentration that thrill to the marrow"
recording of the month
Music Web International, February 2017
Read full review here
12 february 2017
nigeria radio one's'Classical Journey' Episode 87
Rebeca is featured on Nigeria Radio One's 'Classical Journey' show with Nkanu Egbe where she discusses about her Vaughan Williams CD with Mark Bebbington and her upcoming UK tour with cellist Razvan Suma. The programme also features music from her latest CD.
27 january 2017
SOMM Records Release
Complete piano music of Vaughan Williams
Rebeca Omordia joins renowned British pianist Mark Bebbington on a new release by SOMM Records of first ever recording of complete piano music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The CD includes world premiere of 'Introduction and Fugue' for two pianos and a 1947 transcription of 'Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis' written for two pianos.
20 October 2016
5***** Review in Birmingham Post
"Rebeca Omordia is a generous ambassador for Nigeria's music ... this Romanian/Nigerian pianist is destined to go very far indeed." Chris Morely, Birmingham Post
Rebeca receives 5* Review in Birmingham Post for her 14th October piano recital at Birmingham and Midland Institute. Read full review here
28 AUGUST 2016
finalist in the 2016 Igbo Women Awards
Rebeca is a finalist in the 2016 Igbo Women Awards that will take place in London on 8th October 2016
24 JUNE 2016
THE HONORARY MEMBERSHIP AWARD
Rebeca receives the HonBC Honorary Membership Award from Birmingham Conservatoire.
HonBC is awarded to past students who have worked in the music profession for a number of years and have made significant contributions to various branches of the music industry.
5 June 2016
BrITISH MUSIC SOCIETY's agm performance with Raphael Wallfisch
Rebeca performs John Ireland's Sonata for cello and piano in G minor with world renowned cellist Raphael Wallfisch for the British Music Society's Annual General Meeting
17 MAY 2016
4**** Review in BIRMINGHAM POST
Rebeca's recital with Jiaxin Lloyd Webber at Birmingham and Midland Institute on 13th May receives a great review in Birmingham Post.
14 FEBRUARY - 30 June 2016
UK Tour with Jiaxin Lloyd Webber
Rebeca Omordia, piano and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, cello will showcase John Ireland's dramatic Cello Sonata alongside Rachmaninov's Sonata for cello and piano in a series of performances to include Blackheath Halls, London (14th February), St Olave's Church, Tower Hill, London ( 28th April), Birmingham and Midland Institute (13th May) and Bradfield Festival (30 June).
The series is sponsored by the John Ireland Trust
Jiaxin Lloyd Webber graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1997. She was already giving performances with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra but left China for further studies in New Zealand where she received her Master Degree at Auckland University in 2001. While in New Zealand Jiaxin played regularly with both the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. With the Auckland Symphony Orchestra she performed cello concertos by Dvorak, Elgar and Lalo.
Now resident in the UK, Jiaxin is married to the world renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and has performed with Julian for BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, CNN Global TV, and BBC TV. They have recorded for Universal Classics and Naxos. Their recordings have been chosen as Record of the Month by both Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine and as CD of the Week by both Classic FM and BBC Radio 3. Their 2013 recording, ‘A Tale of Two Cellos’ was the Number One UK classical album for many weeks and is one of the Naxos label’s bestselling recordings of all time. Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber have played sell-out tours with such orchestra as the English Chamber Orchestra and the European Union Chamber Orchestra and have made many nationwide TV and Radio appearances on such high profile programmes as BBC Breakfast, The Andrew Marr Show and Radio 4 Midweek.
15 FEBRUARY 2016
NIGERIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC GREATS - ARTIST OF THE WEEK
Rebeca was nominated Artist of the Week by Nigerian Classical Music Greats blog. Read the interview summarizing her career and achievements here
27 november 2015
LIVE BROADCAST from radio hall in bucharest ON ROMANIA 'S NATIONAL DAY
Live broadcast of the Triple Concerto by Paul Constantinescu with Romanian National Broadcasting Orchestra at the Radio Hall in Bucharest on the occasion of Romania 's National Day.
Soloists: Rafael Butaru, violin, Răzvan Suma, cello , Rebeca Omordia, piano
Conductor: Nicolae Moldoveanu
30 August 2015
broadcast on nigeria national radio
Rebeca features on Episode 19 of Nigeria Radio One's 'Classical Journey' show where she discusses Nigerian classical music with broadcaster Nkanu Egbe.
21 August 2015
New collaboration with răzvan Suma, resident cellist of Romanian National Broadcasting Orchestras
recital at St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
The recital is sponsored by the John Ireland Trust in association with Romanian Cultural Institute in London
Răzvan Suma is one of the most acclaimed Romanian cellists, currently the resident cellist and director of Romanian National Broadcasting Orchestras. Since 2011 he has been touring Romania and Europe every year with 'Vă place…?' ('Do you like…?'/ 'Aimez-vous...?') project. The first edition of the tour - 'Aimez-vous Bach?' - was conceived around J.S. Bach' s Six Cello Suites and comprised of ten concerts.
Razvan received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the National Music University in Bucharest and studied at Longy School of Music in Cambrige, Massachusets on the Artist Diploma Program. He attended masterclasses with great cellists such as Arto Noras, Frans Helmerson, Herre Jan Stegenga, Miklos Pereny, Marin Cazacu and Radu Aldulescu. He performed as a soloist with over 30 orchestras throughout Europe and alongside very important musicians such as Maxim Vengerov, Alexander Sitkovetski, Borromeo Quartet, Misha Katz, Jin Wang, Cristian Mandeal and Marin Cazacu.
Răzvan is playing on a Charles Adolph Maucotell cello, built in Paris in 1849, the former instrument of the great cellist Pierre Fournier.
17 August 2015
Live on Radio 3
Rebeca performs live in the studio on BBC Radio 3 works by John Ireland and William Lloyd Webber. You can listen to the full live broadcast here.
24 june 2015
'CHOPIN AND AFRICAN RHYTHMS' AT BRADFIELD FESTIVAL WITH AMY DICKSON
Rebeca performs at 2015 Bradfield Festival with saxophonist Amy Dickson a 'Chopin and African Rhythms' programme which includes a solo recital of piano works by Nigerian composers and works for classical saxophone and piano.
17 JUNE 2015
BRITISH PIANO FESTIVAL BIRMINGHAM
OUTSTANDING REVIEWS FOR THE JOHN IRELAND TOUR
20TH JULY 2015
REVIEW OF JOHN IRELAND'S 'LEGEND' WITH ESO
"... Her performance of the solo part in the "Legend" was technically brilliant, tonally beautiful, and highly sensitive to the music’s potent atmosphere..." Read full review here
15th april 2015 sir arthur bliss society's newsletter
Rebeca features on the cover of Arthur Bliss Society Spring Newsletter. Her 17th March piano recital at Cheltenham Town Hall is also reviewed in the Society's Spring Newsletter.
Read full review here
15TH DECEMBER 2014
STANDING OVATION AT 41ST 'CRAIOVA MUZICALA' INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, ROMANIA
22nd November 2014 Classical source
Outstanding Review in Classical Source of John Ireland's Piano Sonata performed in a lunchtime recital at St Olave's Church, London.
"...Omordia’s command of the Sonata’s structure was complete, and her control of the many myriad changes of richly imaginative mood – from moments of rapt ecstasy in the slow movement, to those of commanding power in the first and last – was completely compelling."
Read full review here
NOVEMBER 2014 - AUGUST 2015
THE JOHN IRELAND TOUR
For the 2014-2015 season pianist Rebeca Omordia will showcase “one of the greatest British sonatas”; the Piano Sonata by John Ireland, for a series of performances in the UK, as well as in her native Romania, as part of a 20th century recital over the next few months. The series is supported by the John Ireland Trust.
8th December 2015
Rebeca is introducing John Ireland's Piano Sonata to the Romanian audience ahead of her recital at the prestigious 41st 'Craiova Muzicala' International Festival
Following her successful performances of Ireland’s Piano Sonata, described as “completely compelling, authoritative and committed”, and “outstanding in every regard”, Rebeca Omordia continues her exploration of Ireland’s works in a series of London recitals, including a rare performance of ‘Legend’ with Ealing Symphony Orchestra on 18th July, 31st July solo recital at St Martin in the Fields and duo recitals with cellist Razvan Suma
18th July 2015
John Ireland's 'Legend' with Ealing Symphony Orchestra, maestro John Gibbons
31 AUGUST 2015
ROMANIAN PREMIERE OF JOHN IRELAND'S SONATA FOR CELLO & PIANO IN G MINOR
'42nd 'Craiova Muzicala' International Festival, Oltenia Philharmonic Hall, Romania
Duo recital with cellist Razvan Suma, resident cellist of Romanian Broadcasting Orchestras
Article & interview with Rebeca following her performance on Olsen Cruise Norway alongside Jiaxin & Julian Lloyd Webber
"...the audience knew they had witnessed an extraordinary performance''
Read full article here
4 APRIL 2014
FRANZ LISZT'S PIANO CONCERTO 1 WITH OLTENIA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
24 march 2014
BBC RADIO 3 Live from southbank centre
Rebeca performs solo and with Julian & Jiaxin Lloyd Webber on BBC Radio 3 live from Southbank Centre.
11 MARCH 2014
Centenary of British composer William Lloyd Webber
A series of performances to celebrate the birth centenary of British composer William Lloyd Webber, father of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.
Rebeca will perform solo works and works for cello and piano by William Lloyd Webber with world renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber at St Martin in the Fields, London, at Barnes Music Festival and a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3
OCTOBER -NOVEMBER 2013
UK TOUR WITH JULIAN LLOYD WEBBER
Rebeca goes on a UK tour with renowned British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, that will include performances at Kings Place, London, the William Alwyn Festival, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Glemham Hall and Welwyn Garden City.
The programme will include sonatas for cello and piano by John Ireland, Frederic Delius and Sergei Rachmaninov
Read reviews of the concerts here
14 SEPTEMBER 2013
PIANO RECITAL AT LEITH HILL PLACE
Rebeca will perform a British - French piano recital at Leith Hill Place to include piano works by John Ireland, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Arthur Bliss and Ravel. Recital organised by RVW Society in association with National Trust
DEUTSCHE GRAMOPHON RELEASE
Rebeca Omordia's arrangement of 'The Seal Lullaby' by Eric Whitacre for cello and harp is released on Catrin Finch's new CD 'Lullabies' on Deutsche Gramophon with Julian Lloyd Webber, cello and Catrin Finch, harp
13 may 2013
review of rebeca's recital with julian lloyd webber at guildhall, portsmouth
"Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and pianist Rebeca Omordia played with thrilling technique and artistry."
Read full review here
27 may 2013
AFRICAN UNION'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Rebeca will perform piano works by Nigerian composers at the African Union's 50th anniversary in London
27 February - 3 MARCH 2013
AFRICAN AND AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL, ST LOUIS, USA
Rebeca Omordia will perform a series of recitals at the African & Afro American Music Festival in St Louis, USA, featuring works by Nigerian composers Fred Onovwerosuoke, Ayo Bankole, Akin Euba and Joshua Uzoigwe
PARTNERSHIP WITH NIGERIA HIGH COMMISSION IN LONDON
Rebeca Omordia forms a partnership with Nigeria High Commission in London to promote Nigerian Classical Music to the UK audience.
27 february 2013
the london Magazine "watch this face"
Rebeca features in London Magazine's 'Watch this face' as one of the 2013 Rising Stars.
“I’ve been working with the brilliant young pianist, Rebeca Omordia. She is half Romanian, half Nigerian – and it’s a powerful combination! She has wonderful musicianship.”
Julian Lloyd Webber
UK TOUR WITH JULIAN LLOYD WEBBER
Rebeca Omordia joins world renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber on a UK tour that will include performances at the Wigmore Hall, London, Highgrove for the Prince's Trust, London Chelsea Arts Club and Birmingham & Midland Institute
duo partnership with world renowned cellist julian lloyd webber
Rebeca starts working as a duo partner with the world renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber
franz liszt's centenary
Rebeca performs Liszt's Sonata in B minor and Variations on a Motif by Bach 'Weinen, klagen..' in a series of recitals celebrating Franz Liszt's Centenary at Hungarian Cultural Centre, Covent Garden and Steinway Hall, London
9 march 2010
prize winner in 'bela Bartok' international piano competition
Rebeca receives Third Prize and GYÖRGY FERENCZY Art Award in 'Bela Bartok' International Piano Competition, Szeged, Hungary
Rebeca wins Delius Prize at Birmingham Conservatoire adjudicated by Julian Lloyd Webber
december 2008 - february 2009
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto no 1 tour
Rebeca performs Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto no 1 in a series of performances with Birmingham Conservatoire's Symphony Orchestra, Oltenia Symphony Orchestra and Arad State Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania.
Her Birmingham performance was described by Birmingham Post as "delight in pianist willing to take risks" .. read full review here
23 june 2008
Messiaen Centenary at town hall, birmingham
Rebeca performs Messiaen's "Oiseaux exotiques" with Birmingham Conservatoire's Symphony Orchestra at Birmingham Town Hall on Olivier Messiaen Centenary
"...star pianist Rebeca Omordia, brought to life Messiaen's obsession with birdsong. Her enthusiasm and peerless technique..."
Read review in Birmingham Post here