Parsons-Sobkowska DuoJOANNA SOBKOWSKA
MM Chopin Academy, Warsaw, Poland
MM, DM Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Born in Warsaw, Poland, Dr. Sobkowska has served on the faculties of Universidad del Cauca in Popayan, Colombia and Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. She taught piano and performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Valle and various ensembles for the chamber music concert series, and as a harpsichordist for the early music ensemble Conjunto Dolmetch. She has also participated in the International Summer Courses in Zurich, Switzerland.
Her piano repertoire includes masterworks of the Classic and Romantic eras (Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin among others), as well as numerous works from the twentieth century repertoire (Ravel, Poulenc, Prokofiev, and many contemporary composers).
As a chamber music pianist and accompanist she has appeared with many prominent musicians in a broad repertoire ranging from Baroque music to the premiers of new compositions.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Sobkowska has performed on the concert series of the Warsaw Philharmonic, Poland, at the Festival Internacional del Piano in Bucaramanga, Colombia, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, the FSU Festival of New Music in Tallahassee, Florida, and CASMI International Summer Program in Prague, Czech Republic. She also was the solo pianist for a CD recording of Ladislav Kubik’s Concerto Breve for piano and orchestra with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Triptych on texts by Franz Kafka for the Col Legno-Qualiton label.
Dr. Sobkowska recently premiered and recorded for the Col Legno-Qualiton label Ladislav Kubik’s Sonata for Trombone and Piano with trombonist Jay Evans. As soloist on the Grieg Piano Concerto she performed with the Big Bend Community Orchestra of Tallahassee, Florida. She is currently half of the Parsons-Sobkowska duo with trumpeter Longineu Parsons and their current CD release is entitled “Sometimes We Feel”.
Currently, Dr. Sobkowska is Assistant Professor of Music at Florida A&M University.
LONGINEU PARSONS has been hailed by critics internationally as being one of the world’s finest trumpet players. He also performs on recorders, flute, percussion and is a vocalist. Longineu performs classical and jazz on trumpet and his compositions include orchestral works and chamber music as well as jazz and world music. He is the protégé of the great cornetist, Nat Adderley.
Longineu has performed in some thirty countries in North, South and Central America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He has performed for such dignitaries as the King of Morocco, the President of Gabon, the Royal Family of the Netherlands, the President of Austria, the U.S. Ambassador to France, The Royal Family of Monaco and for UNESCO.
Longineu holds a BS degree in Music from Florida A&M University and Master of Music in classical trumpet from the University of Florida. He has also had supplementary jazz studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has extensive studies in composition on the master’s and doctoral levels.
Longineu has performed and recorded with such greats as Cab Calloway, Nat Adderley, Cecil Taylor, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Herbie Mann, Frank Foster, Mal Waldron, Philly Joe Jones, Archie Shepp, Sun Ra, Sam Rivers, David Murray, Billy Harper, and many others.
Longineu has been soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony, Palm Beach Pops, Tallahassee Symphony, Augusta Symphony, Gainesville Symphony and the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestras. He has been a clinician at high schools and universities, most notably, the Conservatoire Nationale de France and the Universidad Autonoma de Bucaramanga (Colombia).
He is currently Associate Professor of Music at Florida A&M University.
For more information, please visit www.longineu.com.