Week of October 23rd

Samuel Nebyu
Music by Composers of African Descent

Born to a Hungarian mother and Ethiopian father, violinist Samuel Nebyu uses the six compositions on Music by Composers of African Descent to delve into his African identity through the works of forebears Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Henry Thacker Burleigh, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Clarence Cameron White. Born in Hungary in 1993, Nebyu spent most of his early childhood in Asia. He began studying the violin at the age of six, after becoming transfixed by a picture of the instrument that he saw in in a Belgian museum, and has studied around the globe since. When considering what he wanted to say with his first solo recording, Nebyu didn’t have to look far, but he did have to dig deep — choosing selections from groundbreaking composers who paved the way for other artists of color in classical music. The album is as much an artistic statement as it is a personal one — an embrace of the foundational elements of his life: family, cultural identity, cross-continental influences, and, of course, music.

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