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Piano Spheres is pleased to announce the appointment of pianist William Chapman Nyaho as its first resident artist for the organization’s newly formed Leonard Stein Artist Residency for historically underrepresented groups beginning the 2022/23 season. The Stein Residency is a new performance and project-based program dedicated to locating, supporting and presenting pianists from historically underrepresented groups who specialize in the performance of contemporary classical piano music. Dr. Nyaho will perform a solo recital on the organization’s Core Artist series in 2023, and will also participate in several educational projects that will shine a light on his life’s work of researching, performing, and teaching the music of the African Diaspora. Piano Spheres is also pleased to announce the appointment of pianist Aron Kallay as its newest Core Artist. Kallay joins founding pianists Gloria Cheng, Susan Svrček, Vicki Ray and Mark Robson, along with the piano duo HOCKET (Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff) as the organization’s Core Artists, performing concerts at Zipper Concert Hall, and mentoring young pianists through its Emerging Artists program. Kallay will present his first Core Artist recital as part of the 2022/23 season, and will also perform a movement of Frederic Rzewski’s 2021 Piano Spheres commission “Suite” on April 16th, 2022 as part of the organization’s upcoming tribute to the late pianist/composer. William Chapman Nyaho is a Ghanaian American concert pianist specializing in solo piano music by composers from Africa and the African diaspora. Dr. Nyaho earned his degrees from St. Peter’s College, Oxford University, M.M. from the Eastman School of Music and D.M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He also studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, Switzerland. Chapman Nyaho currently serves on the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University and runs his private piano studio in Seattle. Washington. He is also on the summer faculty of Interlochen Center for the Arts. As an active solo recitalist, a member of the Nyaho/Garcia Duo, a chamber musician and lecturer, his passion is advocating music by composers of the African Diaspora. Dr. Nyaho is also the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion of the Music Teachers National Association. Aron Kallay has performed throughout the United States and abroad and is a fixture on the Los Angeles new-music scene. He is the co-founder and board president of People Inside Electronics (PIE), a concert series dedicated to classical electroacoustic music, the managing director of MicroFest, Los Angeles’ annual festival of microtonal music, and the co-director of the underground new-music concert series Tuesdays@MONK Space. He is also the co-director of MicroFest Records, whose first release, John Cage: The Ten Thousand Things, was nominated for a Grammy® award for Best Chamber Music Performance. Aron has recorded on MicroFest, Cold Blue, Delos, and Populist records. In addition to his solo work, Aron is founder and pianist with Brightwork newmusic a Pierrot + percussion ensemble, a member of the Varied Trio, and the Ray-Kallay Duo. He is currently on the faculty of Pomona College. “Since moving to Los Angeles over fifteen years ago, I have been blown away by the artistic integrity, creativity, and world-class pianism of the Piano Spheres Core Artists,” Kallay says. “In fact, many of my most memorable experiences as an audience member happened at their concerts. Seeing the organization grow and expand to include the mentorship of emerging artists and the summer jazz series shows that Piano Spheres is focused firmly on the future. I am humbled and excited that the organization has asked me to join the Core Artists on a permanent basis. I look forward to continuing their tradition of thoughtful, provocative, and cutting-edge piano recitals.” The Leonard Stein Artist Residency is a groundbreaking program for artists and communities from historically underrepresented groups that demonstrates Piano Spheres’ ongoing commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Over a one-year period the Stein Resident Artist will be featured on Piano Spheres’ annual concert series at Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, and will assist and advise the organization in advancing one or more projects geared toward overturning biases in the field of classical new music. Some of the projects that the resident artist will collaborate on include: Inspiring Underserved Youth through performances, workshops and story-sharing with the support of community partners; serving as a mentor with Piano Spheres Emerging Artists program as a model of achievement in the classical music field; Curating a Concert Series in LA for Black pianists; and furthering Piano Spheres’ Composer Diversity Project by assisting in compiling a library of works by historically underrepresented composers, both contemporary and historical, through the Piano Spheres Collection located in the UCLA Library. Named for the Piano Spheres founder, Leonard Stein, who advocated for music the world over, “if it was interesting and well-crafted,” the residency carries on his investigative and inquisitive tradition of excellence. Dr. Nyaho says of his upcoming residency: “I am delighted and honored to be the first Leonard Stein Resident Artist for Piano Spheres. I hope to be an asset to this wonderful organization as a performing artist bringing piano music of Africa and the African diaspora to Southern California communities. I look forward to sharing great art-music by composers from the African continent and its diaspora with Piano Spheres’ audiences, with the hope of encouraging listeners, musicians, artists to seek it out. I am also excited to be adding an educational component to my time with Piano Spheres by doing outreach programs to schools and community organizations, giving workshops for Music Teachers organizations and being a role model and inspiration to young classical musicians of color. I very much look forward to my year with Piano Spheres.” One of the community organizations Dr. Nyaho will be working with during his residency is the Neighborhood Music School in Boyle Heights. Executive Director Karen Louis says, “At Neighborhood Music School, we believe that lives change through music, and music is best taught in mentorship that both honors and uplifts each musician’s individual journey. The Leonard Stein Artist Residency provides an exciting opportunity to both inspire and engage our students and faculty through the remarkable and enduring work and influences of Dr. Nyaho. “ On April 16 beginning at 4PM, Piano Spheres presents Frederic Rzewski: An Appreciation. The iconic composer-pianist Frederic Rzewski was to have given a Piano Spheres recital this coming February in a rare US appearance. With his unfortunate passing June 26, 2021, he left a huge legacy of his music. Now rescheduled to April 16, 2022, Piano Spheres core artists will be joined by two of Rzewski’s closest musical collaborators, Ursula Oppens and Lisa Moore, as well as numerous Piano Spheres artists from the last 20 years the all-Rzewski celebration. On May 10, 2022 @ 8:00 PM HOCKET presents Exploded Keyboards, exploring the virtuosity of two prepared pianos with a wide variety of materials including coins, screws, nuts & bolts, and more in John Cage’s seminal work, Three Dances for two prepared pianos. Alongside this groundbreaking work, HOCKET will be premiering companion pieces by Sarah Gibson for the same instrumentation, Thomas Kotcheff for two prepared pianos and percussion performed with the guest ensemble icarus Duo, and Peter S. Shin for two prepared pianos and electronics. Since its founding in 1994, Piano Spheres has become one of America’s most unique and important presenters of new and unusual concert music for the piano. The heart of their programming is the Core Artist series presenting Los Angeles based master pianists and guest artists, and the Emerging Artist series presenting up-and-coming younger pianists who are mentored by the Core Artists, with outreach to underserved communities. In 2020 Piano Spheres inaugurated its Summer Jazz Series featuring well-known and emerging jazz pianists.