Dr. Nnenna Ogwo

Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Camp

Teaching Artist, Piano Faculty, Third Street Music School

D.M.A., Piano Performance, Stony Brook University; M.M., Piano Performance, Stony Brook University; Graduate Certificate, Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary; B.M., Piano Performance, Oberlin Conservatory

“Music is that magical and elusive rendering of the inexpressible. When our words fail, sonorities can still shatter our senses, when our eyes fail, harmonies can paint, sculpt and shape worlds for us, and even when our ears fail us, the beat goes on and we can feel that rhythm in our very bones.”

Dr. Ogwo is a teaching artist on faculty at the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City, the oldest community music school in the country. She also maintains a private studio in Manhattan, teaching students of all ages, but especially those preparing for study at conservatory. She is committed to finding new and different ways to reach students as they come into their own as pianists and musicians. Her former teachers and coaches include, Ferenc Rados, Edmund Arkus, Gil Kalish, Georgy Sebok, Lidia Frumkin, Zelma Bodzin and Robert McDonald among others.

While she is a sought-after adjudicator and lecturer, as a performer she is known for her exquisite tone and fascinating programming featuring an eclectic mix of music from the African diaspora and works by composers too often left on the classical music margins. An American musician of Jamaican and Nigerian descent, she curates dynamic concert experiences in an effort to illuminate and broaden our understanding of what the classical canon could and should be. Her performances have taken her across the globe, delighting audiences from North and South America to Europe and the Middle East.

She is perhaps best known in NYC for her annual Juneteenth Celebration concerts at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, an event that is now in its fourth year. Current projects also involve editing an engraving of the rarely performed Dream Variations by Dorothy Rudd Moore, to be followed with a recording under the auspices of the American Composers Alliance. Nnenna is also currently working on a project to record the piano works of African-American composer Ulysses Kay, due out in 2020. You can find her CD titled Issue One at amazon.com, cdbaby.com and the iTunes store.