Pianist William H. Chapman Nyaho will perform at Northwestern State University Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. The concert is part of the Louisiana Piano Series International. Tickets are $15. Students are admitted free. Dr. Francis Yang and Dr. Christine Burczyk Allen are the organizers of the Louisiana Piano Series International.
Chapman Nyaho will perform works by Florence Price, Beethoven, Joshua Uzoigwe, Fred Onovwerosuoke, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Margaret Bonds and Rachmaninov.
Chapman Nyaho received his degrees from St. Peter’s College, Oxford University, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Texas at Austin. He also studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, Switzerland. Nyaho is the recipient of prizes from international piano competitions.
A member of the piano faculty at Pacific Lutheran University, Chapman Nyaho was a North Carolina visiting artist for four years then taught at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and was the recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award and held the Heymann Endowed Professorship. He was also the recipient of the Acadiana Arts Council Distinguished Artist Award. His summer teaching appointments include Interlochen Summer Arts Camp and Adamant Music School.
Chapman Nyaho’s performing experience includes recitals in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and the Caribbean. His recitals have typically included standard repertoire and piano music by composers of the African Diaspora. He has also been guest artist with orchestras in the United States. Chapman Nyaho has been featured on radio and television broadcasts in Ghana, Switzerland, and National Public Radio in the USA. He has released critically acclaimed compact discs “SENKU: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent, ASA: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent and Aaron Copland: Music For Two Pianos.”
Chapman Nyaho has also compiled and edited a five-volume graded anthology “Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora,” published by Oxford University Press. He is a regular guest clinician, giving presentations, lecture-recitals and workshops in elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities and serves as adjudicator for national and international piano competitions in North America, Europe and Africa.