afrojazz pianist, composer, music director
Afro Jazz Pianist
Andile Qongqo is an Afro-jazz pianist, composer, music director, recording artist and music educator from Bloemfontein, South Africa. He has been a music instructor at Free State Musicon since 2004, teaching piano/ keyboards and music theory. He has a Licentiate diploma (LTCL) in Jazz Piano from Trinity College London.
He is also a concert producer, producing the Jazz Lounge for Vryfees in 2014, and also co-produced Jazz Evenings 2015-2018.
2018 saw the release of Andile’s debut album: Q Signature (Piano Solo). The first live performance of this album was at the Free State Arts Festival in 2019, the performance was a piano solo performance.
In 2019 Andile Q was nominated in four categories by the Mzantsi Jazz Awards: Best Jazz Album, Best Contemporary Album, Best New Comer In Jazz and Best Male Jazz Artist, for his Q Signature (Piano Solo) album.
In 2020 Andile released two singles called Heel the Land and Children in the Park that were released worldwide.
Andile also did a Solo Piano Performance at Gluwhein & Jazz with guest artist Nduduzo Makhathini – Windmill Casino in 2018. In 2018 Andile was Pianist for the renowned bassist and composer Mlungisi Gegana’s Trio live at Jazz On The Lawn – Windmill Casino 2018. In 2018 the Andile Q Trio was live at Jazz On The Lawn – Windmill Casino. The Andile Q Trio performed live at Cherry Festival 2017. In 2017 he was Pianist for American recording artist, bassist & composer: Tom Knific at the University of the Free State.
In 2016 he was a music director and composer for the Sophia Town The Musical Bloemfontein.
Also in 2016 he co-produced and performed as lead pianist on the Kea Hae Concert: Works by Noel Stockton.
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