Krisztina Zsolczai, Collaborative Pianist
Krisztina Zsolczai served as a full-time faculty member in the area of keyboard studies and as collaborative artist in the area of choral and vocal studies in the Department of Music at Florida Atlantic University for 15 years. While at FAU, she was the collaborative pianist for the FAU Chamber Singers and students in the applied voice and graduate conducting studios of Dr. Patricia P. Fleitas, and also served as rehearsal pianist for the FAU Symphony Chorus in preparation for performances of choral master works with the Palm Beach Symphony. She frequently performs with former FAU students including doctoral and graduate recitals in various states. And most recently Zsolczai joined the Delray Beach Chorale, where she looks forward to a successful and exciting season. A performer and educator of equal rank, Ms. Zsolczai is a sought after collaborative pianist and maintains an active private piano studio in the South Florida region.
A native of Hungary, Zsolczai holds a bachelor of music degree in piano performance and piano pedagogy from the Béla Bartók Music Conservatory of Miskolc University where she graduated summa cum laude. In 2005 she received a Master of Arts in Piano Performance with honors from FAU, under the tutelage of Dr. Heather Coltman. She is the recipient of the Graduate Student in Excellence Award (2004-2005) and is also cited in the The Chancellor’s List, 2004-2005, the highest academic honor to America’s Outstanding Graduate Students.
Zsolczai has had the opportunity to work as assistant director of Teaching Outstanding Performers (TOPS) summer music camps for three consecutive years and remains active as one of its piano instructors. She was the pianist for the Florida All-State Women’s Chorus at the 2008 Annual Florida Music Educators Association In-Service Clinic and Conference in Tampa, Florida. She also had the privilege of collaborating under the direction of renowned conductors for the Florida ACDA Intercollegiate Honor Chorus at the 2005, 2006 and 2007 state conferences.
Ms. Zsolczai has performed in Hungary, Austria, Italy, Latvia, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, and the United States. In the past she worked with Madame Virginia Zeani, Marcello Giordani, Michael McGlynn, the Late Dr. Morris J. Beachy, Dr. Jean Barr, Libby Larsen to name a few. She also has had the opportunity to perform Béla Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s Castle – a concert version of Bartók’s dramatic one-act opera with Dean Peterson, bass and Birgit Fioravante, soprano also serve as musical director and Hungarian coach. In the beginning of 2013, she was invited by Omaha Opera, Nebraska to serve as rehearsal pianist and Hungarian language coach working with Samuel Ramey, bass and Kara Shay Thompson, soprano under the direction of Hal France. Zsolczai was honored to perform for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet at his “Compassion as a Pillar of World Peace” presentation, and soon after she was invited to appear on stage at the TEDx BocaRaton event hosted by Florida Atlantic University. This summer, she will have the opportunity to record a CD by Hoot/Wisdom Recording Label, featuring the works of composer David P. Rossow.