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Master pianist Baron to appear in duet recital at St. Michael’s

January 14, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church will present pianist Dr. Michael Baron in a piano duet concert on Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. at the church, at 2304 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

He will be joined by his former - and star - pupil Priscila Navarro in their first appearance at the church. Free and open to the public, the recital is part of the the church's "Nourishment for Body, Mind and Spirit" lecture and concert series.

Baron and Navarro will perform George Gershwin's perennial favorite "Rhapsody in Blue," a Slavonic Dance by Antonn Dvo?k and Franz Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2." The piano for the concert, a Steinway Model O, is being furnished by Prospero's Acoustic Art in Naples.

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Michael Baron and Priscila Navarro will perform a piano duet recital on Feb. 6 at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church on Sanibel.

An award-winning concert pianist, Baron performs over 40 concerts each year, including annual tours of Europe and engagements throughout the United States, Asia and South America. A recitalist, soloist with orchestra and chamber musician, he commands a diverse repertoire, ranging from Baroque compositions to world premires of contemporary pieces. His virtuosity and musicianship regularly garner the highest critical acclaim.

Baron received his doctorate in piano performance from The Ohio State University, where he studied with American pianist Earl Wild. He also worked extensively in Italy with pianist Orazio Frugoni. Baron serves as the Myra and Van Williams Distinguished Professor of Music and head of keyboard studies at Florida Gulf Coast University's Bower School of Music. He is also honorary professor of music at Yantai University and Hubei University in the People's Republic of China.

Under the tutelage of Baron, Peruvian pianist Navarro graduated Summa Cum Laude from FGCU, where she received the Steinway Society and Williams scholarships. For three successive years, she was winner of the BIG ARTS Kenneth L. Nees Classical Music Scholarship. Navarro performs solo recitals, chamber works and concerti with orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and South America.

She holds a master's degree and artist's diploma from the University of Miami, where she was a teaching assistant and student of Santiago Rodriguez. Navarro was winner of the Music Teachers National Association Piano Competitions for Florida and winner of the regional competitions in 2011. She is also winner of the Florida Music Teachers Association Gray Perry and Byrd Piano Competitions.

In 2011, Navarro won the South American Chopin Competition. As winner of the International Chopin Competition, she made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut March 2013. She is also a winner of the Artist Series of Sarasota Piano Competition, International Beethoven Sonata Piano Competition in Tennessee and International Liszt-Garrison Competition in Maryland. Navarro currently studies at the Academia Pianistica Internazionale Incontri Col Maestro in Italy, while she pursues a doctorate at the University of Miami.

The recital will be followed by a potluck supper in the Parish Hall.

For more information, call 239-472-2173 or visit



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