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Speaker | Maestro Armand Diangienda
SPEAKER | Maestro Armand Diangienda

The Culture of Innovation


Maestro Armand Diangienda, speaker at The Culture of Innovation, ISPA's 65th Annual Congress, in New York City on January 15-17, 2013. View the full Schedule of Events.

Maestro Armand DiangiendaMaestro Armand Diangienda

Armand Diangienda, born on January 12th, 1964, never attended a music school. Entirely self-taught, he was playing the piano at age five and today his knowledge encompasses almost all of the instruments of classical and modern music. He is the grandson of Simon Kimbangu, founder of Kimbanguism, the third religion of Congo.

In 1992, Diangienda created L'Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste, the first all-black symphony orchestra in the world and the only symphony orchestra in Central Africa. His compositions include the symphony "Souffle de Vérité” and "Symphony in A Minor” both of which retain influences of African culture. Armand Diangienda has built his symphony orchestra from the ground up, literally transforming his home into a make-shift conservatory. Full of self-taught musicians, many of whom travel two hours by foot for rehearsals and play on home-made instruments, this orchestra’s very existence provides hope and promotes peace in a country full of poverty and war. Diangienda was the focus of a recent 60 Minutes profile and the recipient of the inaugural Charles Ansbacher "Music for All” Award.