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Symphony Contest Winner Channels Ravel with International Flair

Courtesy: Florencia Zuloaga

Florencia Zuloaga always knew she would be a pianist. She grew up listening to her father and playing by ear before entering into a music conservatory at age 11. 

"I feel this very close connection with the piano... I just can express myself in a way that I think I can't do with anything else,"she says. 

The Argentina-native applied to The University of Arkansas graduate school in hopes of studying under music professor Jura Margulis. Now, Zuloaga is the winner of the UA/Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra Student Concerto competition.

She will be performing Ravel's Concerto in G Major, which she chose, with the APO on Saturday, April 28, at the Arend Arts Center in Bentonville. 

"Ravel has this interesting style where he mixes so many elements from French music, but he also uses jazz," she says. "This concerto is a very short comprehensive version of all he can do." 

Daniel Caruth is KUAF's Morning Edition host and reporter for Ozarks at Large.