#8: An Interview with Samantha Ege

In this episode I’m talking to Samantha Ege, pianist and scholar. We’re discussing her research on the composer Florence Price, and writing the histories of women composers.

Samantha-16Samantha Ege is a British scholar, pianist and educator. Her PhD (University of York) centres on the African-American composer Florence Price. As a concert pianist, Ege’s focus on women composers has led to performances in Singapore (supported by the British High Commission and International Women’s Day), and lecture-recitals at the Chicago Symphony Center, Berklee College of Music, University of York, Monash University and the Women Composers Festival of Hartford. Ege has also championed Florence Price’s repertoire alongside violinist Er-Gene Kahng with duo recitals in Singapore, Hong Kong and at the University of Arkansas.

Ege received the Eileen Southern Fellowship Award (Society for American Music) and the Newberry Library Short-Term Residential Fellowship for her work on women composers in the era of the Chicago Black Renaissance. Her research has also connected her to organisations such as the African American Network of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Kapralova Society, in whose journal she published her article “Florence Price and the Politics of Her Existence.”

Ege released her debut album in May 2018 with Wave Theory Records, entitled Four Women: Music for solo piano by Florence Price, Vítězslava Kaprálová, Ethel Bilsland and Margaret Bonds. The album featured the world première recording of Bilsland’s The Birthday Party, which led to Ege preparing an edition of the suite, now published by Faber Music. Four Women has been described as “an impressive collection…performed with virtuosic assurance.” Ege has also been commended “for her goal to bring the music of these composers to greater public awareness.”

Ege currently lives in Singapore where she teaches Music at the United World College of South East Asia. She is originally from England and shares Nigerian and Jamaican heritage.

All the music on this podcast is performed by Samantha Ege, from her album Four Women. The pieces included are Vítězslava Kaprálová Sonata Appassionata (1st movement), Florence Price Piano Sonata in E Minor (1st movement), and Margaret Bonds Troubled Water. The album is available to buy from Wave Theory Records.

The theme tune is ‘Dusty Rag’ by May Aufderheide. Performed by Joanna Goldstein for Centaur. This podcast is licensed by PRS for Music (www.prsformusic.com).

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