NIGERIAN COUNTERTENOR

Biography

Born into a family of talented singers, 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) and Grade 6 (2005). 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.

He made his debut as a soloist in 1999 as a Mezzo-soprano/Alto in 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 and the main choir between 2001- 2009 performing the following work; 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), Mass in B Minor (Bach) 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 performing with Norwegian International vastly travelled Pianist - Geir Henning Braaten 

OTHER PERFORMANCES

2002 -2005 Alto soloist, the Rolling Season and Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, Lagos City Chorale

2006 Performing Handel Esther with the Angelic Chorale Festac town Lagos (Alto soloist)

26-09-2012 Recital in Plovdiv Bulgaria for the German Community

29-12-2013 – 25-06-2014 – Singers of the United Lands Project in USA, Kenya, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, Latvia

06-04-2015 Alto soloist Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Voci di Philharmonica Abuja

02-07- 2015 – 05-07-2015     Handel –Bach Festival Abuja Nigeria

23-07-2015 – 09-08-2015       OMNI International Music Residency New York USA

21-22-11- 2015 Choral + Solo Performance with Schola Cantorum in NY and NJ 

20-12-2015  Alto Solo  Handel's Messiah with SCola Cantorum in Hudson NJ

15-05-2016 Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Down Town Voices, Tirnity Church Wall Street NY USA

 

 

 

 

 

COMPETITION

2002 Grand Finalist (last 8) Muson search for young talent music competition

2003 Grand Finalist (last 8) Muson search for young talent music competition

2003 Preliminary round World opera contest operalia 2003

2006 2nd runner up Muson search for young talent music competition

2012 first round of the international opera competition Karlovo Bulgaria Sept. 2012

2014 Audition stage (Second round) Licia Albanese Puccini international singing competition Newyork USA

19-09- 2015     Harlem Opera Vocal Competition

10- 2015   Opera Index Vocal Competition (First Stage - documentation)

  

 

Andrew also runs an organization in Nigeria called The Philharmonics Company, an outfit aimed at promoting classical music in Nigeria.

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