Amadi Azikiwe


Amadi Azikiwe, ViolaCarolina Chamber Music Festival Amadi Azikiwe, violist, has been heard in recital in major US cities including an appearance at the US Supreme Court. Mr. Azikiwe has been a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He has also appeared in recital at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, on the La Jolla “Discovery” recital series, the 1993 International Viola Congress, and at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since then, he has performed in Israel, Canada, South America, Central America, India, Japan, Hong Kong, and throughout the Caribbean. He has also collaborated with artists Awadagin Pratt, Mitsuko Uchida, Andras Schiff, Nobuko Imai, David Soyer, and Felix Galimir.
As a concerto soloist, Mr. Azikiwe has appeared with the Virginia Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, Gateways Music Festival Orchestra, City Island Baroque Ensemble of New York, the National Symphony of Ecuador, and at the Costa Rica International Music Festival. He has also performed at the Marlboro, Sarasota, Tanglewood, Aspen, Norfolk, and San Juan Festivals. His performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and “St. Paul Sunday Morning” along with television appearances in Israel and South America. Among Mr. Azikiwe’s awards are those from the New York Philharmonic, Concert Artists Guild, the NC Symphony, the National Society of Arts and Letters, and the Epstein Young Artists Award from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, with whom he still maintains a strong artistic and mentoring association. Mr. Azikiwe is on the faculty of James Madison University and is the Music Director of the Harlem Symphony Orchestra.. After early studies with his mother, he began his formal training at the North Carolina School of the Arts as a student of Sally Peck and continued his studies at the New England Conservatory with Marcus Thompson. Mr. Azikiwe was awarded the Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University, where he received his Master’s degree in 1994 as a student of Atar Arad.