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UM Hosts Chopin Foundation Concert Featuring Violinist Kinga Augustyn with Pianist Jasna Popovic

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MIAMI – Join the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science as it partners with the Chopin Foundation of the United States in welcoming critically acclaimed violinist Kinga Augustyn, accompanied by pianist Jasna Popovic. The concert will take place on Sunday, January 27, 2013, at 4 p.m. in the Rosenstiel School Auditorium, located at 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key, Fla. (next to the Miami Seaquarium.) Tickets are $30 for Chopin Foundation members and $35 for non-members, and include a waterfront wine and hors d'oeuvres reception following the concert.  Tickets can be purchased by check or credit card by calling 305-421-4061 or emailing clovinsky@rsmas.miami.edu

Described as "an adventurous performer" by NY Concert Review, Polish-born violinist Augustyn began her studies at the age of seven.  Her first teachers in Poland were Aleksandra Bogdan and Zbigniew Szuflat.  She went on to study at The Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay, Cho-Liang Lin and Naoko Tanaka .  She has performed as a soloist  with the Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Glacier Symphony, the Empire State Sinfonia, the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival, the Gateway Classical Music Society Orchestra, the Broadway Bach Ensemble, and the Augusta Symphony Orchestra.  In addition, Augustyn maintains a busy concert schedule as a recitalist and chamber musician with appearances at Carnegie Hall in both the Stern Auditorium and the Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at Polish and Hungarian Embassies in Washington, DC. She has also performed at the Chopin & Friends Music Festival, and her recent collaborations include performances of J. S. Bach's "Chaccone" with the Jose Limon Dance Company at the Joyce Theater in NYC.  A member of pianist Jeffrey Biegel's Trio 21, Augustyn recently recorded The Runaway Bunny, with music by Glen Roven, narrated by Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The winner of multiple international awards, Augustyn has received First Prizes at the Alexander & Buono International String Competition (NYC), the Artist International Presentations (NYC), the J. S. Bach String Competition (Zielona Gora, Poland), and the Ackerman Chamber Music Competition (Stony Brook, NY).  Other top honors include prizes at the Kosciuszko Foundation Wieniawski Violin Competition (NYC), the Johannes Brahms International Competition (Poertschach, Austria), and the Kloster Schoental International Young Artist Competition (Kloster Scheontal, Germany).  She is strongly committed to increasing awareness of music by Polish composers, as well as promoting contemporary music.  In 2013 she will release an album of all Polish music. 

Popovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia, where she received her first piano lesson at the age of six. Popovic attended the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, Germany. She has won numerous awards, notably the Fourth Place at the International Competition in Rome and Second Place at the National Piano Competition in Belgrade. Popovic has performed at various festivals throughout Europe, and, in 2005, she was honored with an invitation to perform at the International Keyboard Festival in New York. In 2006, she received the Passantino Award for Special Achievements from the City University of New York. This academic recognition was followed by a series of successful performances at Steinway Hall; Lefrack Hall; and Weill Recital Hall and the Stern Auditorium/ Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. Jasna Popovic is a Bechstein Artist, residing in New York City.

Founded in 1977 by Mrs. Blanka A. Rosenstiel as a national non-profit organization headquartered in Miami, the Chopin Foundation's mission is to assist young, talented,American artists in developing international careers, and to make classical music accessible to all.  Southern Wine & Spirits of America's "Chopin For All," South Florida's unique annual series of FREE classical music concerts, accomplishes both objectives by offering performance opportunities to young, world-class, rising-star musicians at Broward County Main Library in Fort Lauderdale and Granada Presbyterian Church in Coral Gables, FREE and open to the public, each November to May. In addition, the Chopin Foundation awards annual scholarships nationally to promising teenage pianists who show great affinity for the music of Chopin, grooming them to take part in the Foundation's most important program, the National Chopin Piano Competition, open exclusively to American pianists, and held in Miami every five years; the next is in 2015.  For more information call (305)868-0624 or visit www.chopin.org

The University of Miami's mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. Founded in the 1940's, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world's premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit www.rsmas.miami.edu


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