Florida Southern College Festival of Fine Arts Presents Local Piano Prodigy
Piano prodigy, Robert Fleitz will perform Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Branscomb Auditorium as part of its Festival of Fine Arts.
At 18, Fleitz is one of the youngest artists to ever perform on the College’s legendary series which is renowned for introducing local audiences to rising stars in the world of classical music.
Fleitz began his piano studies when he was just four years old with his father, Patrick Fleitz, and continued his early training with Naomi Niskala at the University of South Florida and Ching-Wen Hsiao while attending The Lois Cowles Harrison School of the Visual and Performing Arts.
Currently enrolled in the Pre-College Division of The Juilliard School, Fleitz is the student of renowned Professor Julian Martin. In addition to his training at Juilliard, Fleitz is an alumnus of the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the piano master class program at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada.
In 2008, Fleitz won first place in the young artist piano competitions of both the Winter Park Bach Festival and the Tampa Bay Symphony. His recent performances include solo recitals in Kansas, Maryland and Virginia. He performs his senior recital at The Juilliard School this Saturday, January 22, in New York City.
“Florida Southern College is honored to present this remarkable local artist as a part of this year’s celebration of the piano, “ said Robert H. Tate, FSC Vice President of External Relations, who directs the Festival of Fine Arts. “He joins a distinguished host of piano soloists who have delighted our audience in the last half-century.”
Tickets for Fleitz’s performance, sponsored by Regal Automotive Group, are $35 for adults and $17.50 for students. FSC Artist-in-Residence Robert MacDonald will provide a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 p.m. in the Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall.
To purchase tickets or for more information about the Festival of Fine Arts, call 863.680.4296 or visit www.flsouthern.edu/ffa.