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Girma Yifrashewa

A classical pianist
sharing Ethiopian melodies with the world.

IAN DOUGLAS / COURTESY OF GIRMA YIFRASHEWA

Although it is not part of Ethiopia’s traditional musical heritage, the piano has attracted recent generations of musicians looking to perform newer expressions of the country’s music. Yet few pianists — whether from Ethiopia or elsewhere across Africa — have gained as much international acclaim as Girma Yifrashewa. Following in the tradition of the famous Jerusalem-based Ethiopian nun Emahoy Tsege-Maryam Gebru, whose piano music records have captivated fans around the world for over five decades, Ato Girma blends classical and Ethiopian elements to create his own distinct musical style. With a repertoire that features the compositions of Chopin and Mozart alongside his own original works, he has performed for numerous audiences in Africa, Europe and North America, gaining rave reviews from The New York Times, BBC and numerous other media outlets. On June 18, Addis Ababa residents and visitors will have the opportunity to see Girma Yifrashewa perform in his hometown alongside several guest musicians from Europe at a special Ethiopian Airlines–sponsored concert at the Ethiopian National Theater, celebrating Girma’s third album, “Bridging Cultures.” For more details about the concert and to purchase tickets, please visit girmayifrashewa.com.