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FGCU Bower School of Music Major to Perform Solo Recital at Carnegie Hall on March 7

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A rising international piano talent at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is about to fulfill any aspiring musician's dream: a solo recital at Carnegie Hall.

Priscila Navarro, an 18-year-old junior piano performance major from Peru, will perform March 7 at the world-renowned concert venue in New York City, making her the first FGCU student to achieve this honor. Her ticket to the prestigious stage was winning the 20th International Chopin Competition of Texas in 2012 - just one of several national and international contests she has won while studying at FGCU.

Michael Baron, FGCU music professor and head of keyboard studies, discovered Navarro at the National Conservatory of Peru when she was 15. Baron travels regularly to perform concerts, conduct master classes and recruit promising students to FGCU's Bower School of Music.

"In the almost three years that Priscila has been a student at FGCU she has gone from triumph to triumph," he said. "Being awarded a full solo recital in Carnegie Hall is a huge step in her career path. Performing in the most celebrated hall in the world will open doors for her and is a huge accomplishment. It is also a testament to the Bower School of Music that we attract and produce world-class talent such as Priscila."

Her Carnegie Hall concert will be attended by ambassadors and members of the Peruvian diplomatic corps as well as the former director and distinguished faculty of the National Conservatory in Lima, Baron said. A contingent of FGCU faculty and donors also will gather in New York to celebrate Navarro's achievement. She attends FGCU with support from the Steinway Piano Society as well as the Myra N. and Van Zandt Williams Jr. Scholarship Fund and the Eva Sugden Gomez Scholarship.

Navarro, who started piano lessons relatively late at age 9, will perform music by Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin and Peruvian composer Jimmy Lopez. She also will play the world premiere of "Priscila Prelude," an original piece written for her by Jason Bahr, FGCU assistant professor of composition and music theory.

"It's very exciting - a little scary - but it should be fun," Navarro said. "You hear so many things about Carnegie Hall, and so many famous people played there."

For more information, contact Michael Baron at (239) 590-7209 or

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