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

The festival features three-time Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Joey Alexander, acclaimed cellist Julian Schwarz, pianist Vadym Kholodenko, the Amernet String Quartet, and more

On October 26, the FIU School of Music will launch its annual FIU Music Festival, bringing together acclaimed artists from the world of classical and jazz music for three weeks of performances and masterclasses at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center, located in Modesto of the FIU Campus A. Maidique.

This year’s festival, which runs until November 10, will feature 11 concerts by artists including three-time Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Joey Alexander, cellist Julian Schwarz, pianist Bernadene Blaha, organist and FIU alumnus Katherine Meloan, musicologist Frank Cooper, pianist Stephen Scott, FIU Jazz Faculty Quartet, FIU Festival Orchestra, FIU Symphony Orchestra and Choirs, FIU Jazz Big Band, and more.

Also present will be teachers of FIU artists in residence: pianist Kemal Gekic and violinist Robert Davidovici. The Amernet String Quartet will also perform with its newest member, second violinist Avi Nagin.

This year, three concerts are co-presented by Friends of Miami Chamber Music, including a solo recital with 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko, as well as the Borodin Quartet and ZEN Trio.

“I am so proud and thrilled 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 Karen Fuller, Director acting from the FIU School of Music.

The festival also offers a combination of unique and hands-on learning experiences for music students each fall. CRF students have the opportunity to learn and play with the best in the industry. The students also prepare, produce and manage the festival while developing their sense of entrepreneurship and their mastery of musical management under the guidance of professors 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

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Ada J. Kenney