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Young and Musically Gifted
Hometown: Yaounde
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Ashley Ondoua Konga
Ashley, the youngest pianist to perform today, is six years old. Her timid nature belies her confident command of the keyboard. Ashley first fell in love with music when she heard someone play the piano at school, and music has become a part of her life ever since. The young pianist has a passion for classical music but plays different genres. Her favorite piece is Aline, a variété by French singer-song-writer Christophe (1965). When Ashley grows up, she wants to become a pianist. Ashley is a student of Maestro Isaac Fernand Sapouma-Loung.

Willy Théophane Yombo
Nine-year-old Théophane entered the world of music by sheer coincidence and on the initiative of his father, Aurelien Yombo, a classical guitarist. Mr. Yombo signed Théophane up for piano lessons following an inspirational classical music concert he attended in Yaounde. Théophane has his heart set on going to Austria, to experience first-hand the land that gave birth to his favorite composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Among advice that music teacher Simon Pierre Ndoye has passed on to his pupil is the importance of reading music to become an accomplished musician.

Ely Gabriel Nsang Oyongo
Gabriel, age twelve, carries on a musical tradition long apparent in the Nsang-Oyongo family. François Oyongo, Gabriel’s father, is a classicial guitarist. Cecille Kouba Nsang, his mother, is a singer. Likewise, Gabriel’s fifteen-year-old sister plays the piano. Gabriel’s style, on the keyboard and in life, is full of energy. No single musician stands out as Gabriel’s favorite: all music has his seal of approval … however, classical music is best! From his music teacher, Maestro Isaac Fernand Sapouma-Loung, Gabriel has learned that to be a good pianist, he needs to play constantly and to be serious about it. Gabriel hopes to become a historian when he grows up.












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