April 19, 2012 — Coral Gables, FL — Frost School of Music student pianist Angelo Versace, M.M. '10, was named the winner of the Phillips Jazz Piano Competition in Pensacola, Florida on April 13, 2012.
The Kathleen T. and Philip B. Phillips, M.D. Jazz Piano Competition is a nationally recognized jazz performance competition sponsored by the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida, and made possible by the generosity of the Phillips family. The competition awards participants with a variety of cash prizes and enables them to add a reputable victory to their portfolio. The annual competition attracts outstanding young musicians and judges from around the country and is open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, ages 17-35, at colleges and universities throughout the United States. The competition was held at the Historic Saenger Theatre in downtown Pensacola.
About Angelo Versace
Angelo Versace is the winner of the 2012 Phillips Jazz Piano Competition. A doctoral candidate at the University of Miami Frost School of Music in Coral Gables, Florida, he is an experienced pianist who plays professionally in jazz, gospel, funk and R&B groups. At the invitation of Ellis Marsalis, Versace played at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in 2003. Later that same year, Versace was chosen to play in the North Sea Jazz Festival with his jazz trio, PAJ 3. In 2004 Angelo attended William Paterson University, and in 2008 he graduated “Summa cum Laude” with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance. In 2010, Angelo Versace was selected as the Pianist for the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, under the direction of Terence Blanchard, and also graduated with a Master’s Degree in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He currently holds the Jazz Piano Teaching Assistantship position at the Frost School of Music, and also teaches at the Superior Academy of Music in Kendall, Florida.
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