Alfred P. Addaquay

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Alfred P. Addaquay
Birth name Alfred Patrick Addaquay
Also known as Addaquay
Born (1985-09-17)17 September 1985
Kumasi, Ghana
Genres Classical, Art music
Years active 1997 -

Alfred Patrick Addaquay (born 17 September 1985) is a Ghanaian classical keyboardist, composer, arranger, conductor, choral director and singer. He is a product of the Mfantsipim School and the University of Cape Coast. He has several compositions to his name and performed his first oratorio, titled "Laudate", at the age of 20, an African Cantata named Afe Nsakrae and a Ghanaian Sonata kyekyekule.[1] The oratorio was the first of its kind in Ghana.[1]

Early life and education

Alfred Patrick Addaquay was born in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.[2] He was enrolled at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology primary school. He started learning to play the piano at an early age and continued all through his primary education. Addaquay's music skills was first came to the fore from 1997 when he played for several Ghanaian choral groups. He was admitted to the elite Mfantsipim School in the year 2001, Cape Coast.[3] Upon being admitted to Mfantsipim School, a new set of audience became aware of his music skills and he was appointed the school's junior organist in form one.[3] From 2001 to 2004 he entertained students and teachers of the school with his music talent.[3] He was mentored by Peter Lyte Koomson, a music tutor at the school. Whilst at Mfantsipim School, he received several music prizes and was awarded the discovery of the year 2002 by the school. He was the first recipient of the award. In 2003, he received the "Initiative & Drive" award for his keyboard performances.[2]

After graduation from Mfantsipim in 2004, Addaquay gained admission to the University of Cape Coast. He graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music degree. He enrolled at the same university in 2012 to pursue a Master of Philosophy in Music theory and composition.[2] He is now working on his Doctor of Philosophy in music.

Music career

Addaquay is a respected keyboardist, composer, arranger, conductor, choral director and singer.[3] He composed his first oratorio, compromising 32 classical music pieces, in 2006 at the age of 20 called "Laudate".[3] The two-hour oratorio, performed before an audience at the University of Cape Coast Auditorium, was the first of its kind in Ghana in 2005.[1] His compositions include a cantata titled "Afe Nsakrae".

[2][3] In 2016, Patrick Addaquay revised his first oratorio and called it the Laudateur Christus and performed it in front of a live audience at Covenant Family Chapel in Accra. Included among the audience during the performance was Ghana's president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. As well as playing his own compositions, he plays pieces from both local and foreign composers during his performances.[4][5]

He has also partnered with corporate institutions to entertain Ghanaians and other nationals at various concerts.[1][6][7][8][9][10]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Mawuli, David. "Addaquay: Renowned Ghanaian organist and Airtel premier thrill classical music lovers". Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  2. ^ a b c d "Alfred Patrick Addaquay". www.choralmusicghana.com. Retrieved 2017-11-24.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Alfred Performs Oratorio To Standing Ovation". Modern Ghana. Retrieved 2017-11-24.
  4. ^ "Short Story: The 'Confession'...Episode 8". 2017-06-06. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  5. ^ Amponsah, Charles. "Patrick Addaquay Treats Audience To Piano Music". gbcghana.com. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  6. ^ "Alumni entreated to renew commitment towards developing schools". Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  7. ^ "Worshippers defy rains to celeberate Methodist Church's 108 anniversary". My Joy Online. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  8. ^ "Choir". www.bmctadi.org. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  9. ^ {{Cite web|url=http://www.bmctadi.org/index.php/49-organizations%7Ctitle=Welcome to Bethel Methodist Church - Takoradi|website=www.bmctadi.org|language=en-GB|access-date=2017-11-2]
  10. ^ "Alfred P Addaquay Classical Music Artiste Hangs Out With Ksm".
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