NIGERIAN COUNTERTENOR

Egbuchiem Andrew


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Andrew started to show musical skills at a tender age of 6. He had his first opportunity to sing in while in high school. He started as a treble singer in the choir.

He sang with Holy Child Choir in Lagos Nigeria between 1997-2001.In 1999, he had his first debut as a soloist in the performance of G.F. Handel’s Judas Maccabeus. He performed in several concerts with the choir notable amongst them is The Creation by Joseph Haydn in 2000. He also sang with the Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) festival choir in 2001. He undertook a second audition to join the MUSON Choir in 2003. He has performed with them in several works notable amongst them are; Messiah and Ode to St. Cecilia’s Day (Handel), Creation (Haydn), Marriage of Figaro, Requiem and Coronation Mass (Mozart), 9th Choral Symphony (Beethoven), Gloria (Vivaldi), Choral Symphony (Mendelssohn), and some Nigerian Choral works.  He has been invited to perform as a soloist in several performances tops amongst which are a command versatile singing performance at the burial service of late media icon Yinka Craig  and  between 2008 and 2012, has been regular performer at the Promoting Classical Music in Nigeria Concert Tour  international concert pianist Geir Henning Braaten

He participated in the recently concluded International opera singing competition in Karlovo Bulgaria September 2012. He was given the privilege of an honorary performing at the Finale of the same competition, afterward; he had a performance for the German community in Plovdiv Bulgaria.

In 2001, he gained admission into the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education Ijanikin Lagos, Nigeria and subsequently graduated in 2004 with a certificate in music education (Majoring on Voice). He also obtained certificates from the prestigious Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) School of music in singing Grade 5 (2003) and Theory of music Grade 4-merit (2004), Grade 6 (2005) and Grade 5 theory of the Associated Board of the Royal school of Music London He started taking vocal lesson in 2002 from a singer/vocal teacher Dele Nelson-Cole. In September 2012, He also was privileged to two master classes with Yossi Guerdjikov on Baroque music and Prof. Dragmor Nenov on drama and Interpretation in Bulgaria. He also has a diploma of participation at the Euterpe of Rose Karlovo International opera singing competition 2012.

As a Countertenor Soloist he has performed in few performances ranging from Cantatas to Oratorios amongst them are; The Rolling Season by Caleb Simper, The Messiah by G.f. Handel, Judas Maccabeus by G.f. Handel, Esther by G.f. Handel.

He has been trying to study some operatic roles as Rinaldo and Giulio Caesare by Handel amongst others. His dream is to get an operatic role in the nearest future as well as more vocal studies. He is presently in the USA for the SINGERS OF UNITED LAND PROJECT

 

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