ARTISTE OF THE WEEK – Andrew Egbuchiem
There are counter tenors and there are COUNTER TENORS!!
The name Andrew Egbuchiem will not sound new to anyone who has come a long way in the Nigerian Classical Music scene, as he remains the most reliable Counter Tenor of all times. A veteran in the game, the writer is yet to hear a better Nigerian Counter Tenor Voice.
As a child, Andrew recounts that singing was all he wanted to do, the passion made him join his church choir in Festac Town Lagos as a Treble.
He was the only male in the soprano section. He later auditioned to sing soprano in 2001 at the Muson Festival, but the Choral Director, Mr Nwokedi wouldn’t allow it. He was immediately converted to an Alto Singer. Andrew became a star instantly in the Alto part, as he went on to take Alto Solos in different Oratorios and other choral works. Few years down the line, the name Andrew became a house hold name with such a sonorous Counter Tenor Voice. A delight to every listener.
Andrew practicing with an Oud player
In a chat, the passionate Andrew talks about the lack of passion in the scene in recent years.
“Lack of passion is my turn off. Most Classical Musicians, especially the young ones, don’t have a genuine passion for Classical Music. Lack of in depth research on how to improve their art makes me sick and biggest of them all is too much focus on money.
My turn on is, a few passionate ones are making real name for themselves and it makes me really happy”
A native of Illah in Delta State Nigeria, Andrew Chukwuka Egbuchiem is the first son of a family of fantastic singers. Two of his brothers Callis and Justus are very fine Tenor Singers.
He studied Music at the Adeniran Ogunsanya college of Education, ijanikin, where he majored in Music Education, with emphasis on the Voice.
Andrew in a Native Costume representing Nigeria in New York, USA
Andrew is the Director of The Nigerian Philharmonics Company/The Philharmonics Company Nigeria. He is currently signed unto Schola Cantorum in Hudson New Jersey where he performs regularly.
Put your hands together for this Conductor, Performer, Vocal Instructor and Music Teacher Andrew Egbuchiem
I CELEBRATE YOU TODAY.
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