William Chapman NYAHO
Blue Heron Art Center
Vashon Island, WA
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William Chapman NYAHO
Originally from Ghana, concert pianist Dr. William Chapman Nyaho returns to the Vashon Island for a long-awaited encore performance. Briefly a Vashon resident, Nyaho last performed at Blue Heron Art Center in 2002. Since then he has toured internationally from Jamaica and St. Croix to New York City, Africa and Europe. To date he has released two solo cd projects, performed on several duo recordings and published a book about African composers.
Known for his sparkling, virtuosic delivery and extraordinary musical sensibilities Nyaho will perform a combined program of classical repertoire (Liszt, Shubert, Bach), music by composers of African descent (Florence Price, Fred Onozwersuoke, Oswald Russell) and more. He will also share insights and history about the music between pieces.
According to cd liner notes by friend/mentor, Maya Angelou, Chapman Nyaho, a famed concert pianist, chose compositions, which allowed him to display his virtuosity. He is able to offer music, light and sunny, which brings to mind the games of childhood's summer. One smitten critic said, "effortless technique, splendid rhythmic grasp and fullness of tone allowed his performance to reach great heights...".
Youngest of six, Nyaho's musical aspirations were encouraged by his family in a home always filled with music. He earned his BA from Oxford University's Honour School of Music He continued his piano studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, Switzerland, the Eastman School of Music where he graduated with his Master of Music degree, and at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Nyaho came to the U.S. in 1982. Nyaho is recipient of multiple prizes from international piano competitions.
Following four years as a North Carolina Visiting Artist, Nyaho taught at University of Louisiana at Lafayette and was recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award and held the Heymann Endowed Professorship. Nyaho recently served as Visiting Professor of Music at Maine's Colby College and Visiting Artist at Oregon's Willamette University. During summers he has taught for Interlochen Summer Arts Camp and Vermont's Adamant Music School.
Based in Renton, Nyaho teaches privately when home from touring and teaching posts. Nyaho's book, Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora, and cds (both Piano music by composters of African descent) will be available at the concert.


Blue Heron Art Center
19704 Vashon Hwy. SW
Vashon Island, WA 98070
United States



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