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FGCU Bower School of Music Sophomore Wins First Prize at International Piano Competition

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music sophomore Priscila Navarro won first prize for her performance at the International Piano Competition in Lima, Peru on July 25. The 17-year-old piano music performance major from Peru studies with Head of Keyboard Studies at the Bower School of Music Dr. Michael Baron.

As part of her award, Navarro will be sent on an all expense paid trip to study Chopin for two weeks at the Warsaw Conservatory in Poland. The competition was open to all South American pianists up to the age of 30 and consisted of three rounds.

The ceremony was held at the auditorium of the Centro Cultural de Petroperu and was attended by members of the jury chaired by Alexandre Lustchevsky Raphael, professor at Chopin Music University Warsaw, and representatives of the Polish Embassy and the National Conservatory of Music.

Earlier this summer, Navarro was awarded a full scholarship to study piano at the Tanglewood Festival in Lenox, Mass. In August, she will be performing as soloist in a Chopin Concerto with the National Orchestra of Peru.

Last year, she won the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Senior Competition for the State of Florida; the MTNA Piano Duet Competition for the State of Florida; the Regional Senior MTNA Competition, in which the winners of nine states compete against each other; and the Regional Piano Duet MTNA Division Competition. She was also a winner of the Ars Flores National Concerto Competition in Fort Lauderdale.

"I am very proud of Priscila for winning this latest major competition," said Baron. "She has brought significant distinction to the Bower School of Music on an international level while maintaining a 3.88 GPA."

For more information, media representatives should contact Dr. Baron at (239) 590-7209.

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