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FGCU Bower School of Music Piano Virtuoso Wins Another International Competition

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Priscila Navarro, Florida Gulf Coast University's 19-year-old piano virtuoso, has added another international title to her growing resume of accomplishments.

The piano major from Peru, who made her Carnegie Hall debut in March, won the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition last week at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C. After several elimination rounds in which she prevailed over mostly graduate and post-doctoral students representing schools such as Juilliard and the Peabody Institute, Navarro won the biennial title along with three additional awards for best interpretation of Liszt, best interpretation of an American piece, and overall merit.

It was her fourth recent win at the highly competitive international level. Navarro earned first place in May at the 15th Biennial International Beethoven Sonata Competition in Memphis, where she was the youngest of 12 semifinalists. Two months earlier, she played a solo recital at Carnegie Hall - part of her prize package for winning the 20th International Chopin Competition of Texas in 2012.

Dr. Michael Baron, FGCU music professor and head of keyboard studies, praised Navarro's ability to produce performances at the highest standards in worldwide competition.

"Priscila is a highly impressive young pianist who is achieving international recognition for her talent, hard work, and determination," Baron says. "Her extraordinary abilities have allowed her to succeed at a level in which other talented students twice her age rarely do. She is an excellent representation of the quality we hear every day at the Bower School of Music."

Baron discovered Navarro at the National Conservatory of Peru when she was 15. He travels regularly to South America as well as Europe and Asia to play concerts, lead master classes and recruit promising musicians.

Navarro 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.

Established in 2006, the Bower School of Music attracts and cultivates gifted musicians from around the world with degree programs in music education and performance and state-of-the-art studio and concert facilities. The school's music faculty and students provide a vital cultural component to FGCU campus life, performing solo and ensemble concerts throughout the academic year that draw music lovers from all over Southwest Florida.

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

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