Michael Baron and Priscila Navarro perform a piano duet recital, 6 p.m., Feb. 6 at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church.
Michael Baron and Priscila Navarro perform a piano duet recital, 6 p.m., Feb. 6 at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church.

St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church presents pianist Dr. Michael Baron in a piano duet concert 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the church. He is joined by his former—and star—pupil Priscila Navarro in their first appearance at the church. The recital is part of the St. Michael’s “Nourishment for Body, Mind and Spirit” lecture and concert series.

Baron and Navarro perform George Gershwin’s perennial favorite Rhapsody in Blue, a Slavonic Dance by Antonín Dvorák and Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. The piano for the concert, a Steinway Model O, is furnished by Prospero’s Acoustic Art, Naples.

An award-winning concert pianist, Michael Baron performs over 40 concerts each year, including annual tours of Europe and engagements throughout the United States, Asia and South America. Equally at home as a recitalist, a soloist with orchestra, and a chamber musician, Baron commands a diverse repertoire, ranging from Baroque compositions to world premières 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 the legendary American pianist Earl Wild. He also worked extensively in Italy with the renowned pianist Orazio Frugoni.

Dr. 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. A master teacher, Baron has presented masterclasses and workshops at schools, festivals and universities throughout the world. He regularly serves as a jurist on regional, national and international piano competitions.

Baron’s students regularly win competitions throughout the United States and abroad. The director of several summer music festivals in Europe, he is an official International Steinway Artist.

Under the tutelage of Baron, Peruvian pianist Priscila Navarro graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida Gulf Coast University, 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. 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 the State of 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, which honor the finest undergraduate and finest two-piano ensemble in the state of Florida.

In 2011, she won the South American Chopin Competition. As winner of the International Chopin Competition, in Texas, she made her Carnegie Hall solo recital debut March 7, 2013. She is also winner of the Artist Series of Sarasota Piano Competition, the International Beethoven Sonata Piano Competition in Memphis, Tennessee, and the International Liszt-Garrison Competition in Baltimore, Maryland. Navarro now studies at the Academia Pianistica Internazionale Incontri Col Maestro in Imola, Italy, the leading Academy in Europe for young emerging concert artists, while simultaneously pursuing her doctorate at the University of Miami.

Navarro performs solo recitals, chamber works and concerti with orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and South America.

The recital, which is free and open to the public, is followed by a pot-luck supper in the Church’s Parish Hall. Diners share their favorite recipes at a buffet. Everyone is welcome. Bring your favorite dish to the dinner, and your dinnerware, if you can, or just bring yourself, enjoy the camaraderie and get better acquainted with your fellow Islanders.

For more information on services and special events at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, contact Rector Ellen Sloan, 2304 Periwinkle Way, 239-472- 2173 or go to www.saintmichaels-sanibel.org.