Echezonachukwu Nduka

Echezonachukwu Nduka

Second Year Graduate Student in Music Studies: Ethnomusicology

103, Music Building


Echezonachukwu Nduka is a pianist, poet, and author. As a recording artist and performer, he focuses primarily on art music for piano by composers of African descent, particularly those from Nigeria and Ghana whose works extend the frontiers of African art music. His research interests include African Pianism, African Art Music, Performance Studies, and Postcolonial Literature. His research will examine the sociocultural significations of African pianism, performance techniques and practices, and ways in which musical meanings are made within specific cultures.

In 2010, Nduka graduated with a BA (Hons) in Music from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He received a Master of Arts degree in Music from Kingston University London (UK) in 2015. Since then, he has recorded three EPs and an album, published articles in peer-reviewed journals and creative writing in literary anthologies, presented at conferences, given public lectures and lecture-recitals, and spoken at Universities including Stockton and Harvard as an invited scholar-performer.

He has performed as a pianist and poet with support from organizations including the Intercultural Music Initiative (IMI), Somers Point Arts Commission, Ocean City Free Public Library, among others. A Booth-Ferris Graduate Fellow 2023–2024, his recent album ‘The African Serenades’ has been described by Afrocritik as “intense, emotive listening experience.” He is a Benjamin Franklin Fellow and PhD Student in Music Studies (Ethnomusicology).

Research Interests

African Pianism

Performance Practices in African Music

African Art Music

Music and Religion

Postcolonial Literature: Poetry & Nonfiction

Cultural Studies: Interculturalism & Multiculturalism