National Piano Prize Winner Performs First on Sanibel

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On Saturday March 14, Avery Gagliano, winner of the prestigious National Chopin Piano Competition, will begin her international victory tour at the Sanibel Music Festival. The 18-year-old Gagliano triumphed over 25 competitors to win entry to the world wide Chopin Competition in Warsaw, a $100,000 prize and an extensive concert tour organized by The Chopin Foundation, starting on Sanibel Island.

Sanibel Music Festival is a volunteer organization presenting a concert series of chamber music, piano recital and vocal ensemble of the highest caliber every year in March. Following Gagliano’s recital on March 14th, three more concerts will be held at 7:30 pm on selected Tuesdays and Saturdays at the Congregational U.C.C., 2050 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel. Visit or contact the hotline at 239-344-7025 for $50 general admission and free student tickets. Tickets are also available in person at Bank Of The Islands, 1699 Periwinkle Way, check and cash only.

Gagliano’s program will honor Frédéric CHOPIN, including Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major, Op. 47, Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35, “Funeral March”, Waltz in F major, Op. 34, No. 3, Three Mazurkas, Op. 56, Nocturne in B major, Op. 62, No. 1, and Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23.

“We are expecting a magnificent piano performance,” said David Conrad, Sanibel Music Festival board member and music committee member. “And it’s an honor to be hosting the first concert of Avery’s tour.”

“Avery studies piano at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia,” added festival president Jana Stone. “Since her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 9, success has propelled her to prestigious venues including the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Oxford Philomusica Piano Festival in England, Piano Texas International Academy & Festival, and now the Sanibel Music Festival.”

The Chopin Competition has been held every five years since 1975 in the US and past winners have distinguished themselves in the field. “From an early age, these talented pianists are dedicated and disciplined,” said Chopin Foundation founder and president, Blanka Rosenstiel. “The joy their playing brings to this chaotic world is priceless.”

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