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FIU Music Festival 2019 brings renowned classical and jazz artists to Miami

FIU Music Festival 2019 brings renowned classical and jazz artists to Miami

Featured will be three-time Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Joey Alexander, acclaimed cellist Julian Schwarz, pianist Vadym Kholodenko, the Amernet String Quartet and more.

October 18, 2019 at 11:30am

On Oct. 26, the FIU School of Music will kick off its annual FIU Music Festival, bringing together acclaimed artists from across the classical and jazz music world for three weeks of performances and master classes at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center, located at FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus.

This year’s festival, which will run through Nov. 10, will feature 11 concerts by artists that include three-time Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Joey Alexander, cellist Julian Schwarz, pianist Bernadene Blaha, organist and FIU alumna Katherine Meloan, musicologist Frank Cooper, pianist Stephen Scott, the FIU Jazz Faculty Quartet, the FIU Festival Orchestra, the FIU Symphony Orchestra and Choirs, the FIU Jazz Big Band, and others.

Also performing will be FIU’s Artists-in-Residence faculty: pianist Kemal Gekic and violinist Robert Davidovici. The Amernet String Quartet also will perform with their newest member, second violinist Avi Nagin.

This year, three concerts are co-presented by the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami, including a solo recital with the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist Vadym Kholodenko, along with the Borodin Quartet and the Z.E.N. Trio.

“I am so proud and delighted that we have the music festival this year offering eleven nights of the world’s greatest musicians working alongside and performing for our students and the Miami community,” said Interim Director of the FIU School of Music Karen Fuller.

The festival also offers a combination of unique, hands-on learning experiences for music students each fall. FIU students are given the opportunity to learn from, and play with, the best in the business. Students also prepare, produce, and manage the festival while developing their entrepreneurial acumen and fluency in music management under the guidance of faculty and professionals.

The FIU Music Festival is presented by the FIU School of Music and funded in part by Ocean Bank, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and The Betsy Hotel.

Concerts will be held at FIU’s Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center, 10910 SW 17th St., Miami, FL 33199. For more information on the festival schedule and concert lineup, please visit

2019 Festival Lineup

  • Oct. 26, 7:30pm: Opening Concert: Duruflé Requiem: FIU Symphony Orchestra & Choirs, Miami Arts Studio

    Orchestra and Choirs, Cellist Jason Calloway, Guest Conductor Henry Leck. One of the most beautiful choral works ever written, Duruflé’s Requiem is the perfect complement to the resonant acoustics of the Wertheim Concert Hall, blending choirs, orchestra, and organ in perfect harmony. Duruflé is often associated with the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral where his works have been performed over the last to today.

  • Oct. 27, 4:00pm: Pianist Kemal Gekic and Musicologist Frank Cooper.

    Join world-renowned musicologist Frank Cooper and FIU Artist-in-Residence and preeminent pianist Kemal Gekic for an intimate multimedia presentation and performance featuring Chopin’s Prelude Op. 45 and Franz Liszt’s Apres une lecture du Dane: Fantasia Quasi Sonata.

  • Oct. 30, 8:00pm: Z.E.N. Trio
An enthralling ensemble of electrifying performers, the Z.E.N. Trio is made up of three standout solo musicians – pianist Zhang Zuo, violinist Esther Yoo and cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan – who captured the music world’s attention as BBC New Generation Artists. Co-presented by Friends of Chamber Music of Miami.

Revel in fantastic music by America’s greatest living composer for film―the incomparable John Williams. This concert promises to be a delight for all ages, showcasing music from his best-known scores including Star Wars, Schindler’s List, ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, Superman, and more.

The 16-year-old piano prodigy and three-time GRAMMY® nominee is enjoying one of the most ascendant careers in Jazz as a composer, musician, and bandleader. As he embarks on an exciting career, which includes some high-profile U.S. performances and the release of new music, he performs with the FIU Jazz Big Band for what will be an unforgettable evening.

For more than seventy years, the Borodin Quartet has been celebrated for its insight and authority in the chamber music repertoire. Revered for its searching performances of Beethoven and Shostakovich, the Quartet is equally at home in music ranging from Mozart to Stravinsky. Co-presented by Friends of Chamber Music of Miami.

With a career that spans decades, Stephen Scott has performed and/or recorded with Jazz legends such as Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Bennie Golson, Dexter Gordon, Pieces of a Dream and Dr. John among other musical giants. He’ll be joined by the FIU Faculty Jazz Quartet for a night you don’t want to miss!

Praised for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, FIU’s Artist in Residence Ensemble the Amernet String Quartet will be joined by acclaimed cellist Julian Schwarz for a thoughtful and provocative program of Beethoven masterpieces.

Notable Ukranian concert pianist Vadym Kholodenko, Gold Medalist in the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, performs an electrifying concert of Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin. Co-presented by Friends of Chamber Music of Miami.

  • Nov. 9, 7:30pm: Violinist Robert Davidovici and Pianist Bernadene Blaha
In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, acclaimed violinist and Artist in Residence Robert Davidovici will be joined by University of South California concert pianist Bernadene Blaha for a two-part concert exploration of selected Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano, beginning with the first five for this performance.

Organist Katherine Meloan is an artist whose expressive gifts and eclectic repertoire enable her to contribute to the musical world with distinctive and engaging performances. You will be enchanted by her performance of well-known organ music by J.S. Bach, Saint-Saens, Sweelinck, and Widor performed on FIU’s Wertheim Organ, the largest concert hall organ in South Florida.

Tickets are on sale now and may be ordered online at, by email at, or by calling (305) 348-0496. Ticket prices range from $10 – $25. Students can purchase their tickets for $5.