Gita Karasik has been appointed as the Founding Chair of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim School of Music & Performing Arts (The Wertheim) at Florida International University by Brian Schriner, Dean of the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts.
Ms. Karasik is a famed concert pianist who debuted at Carnegie Hall, performed on NBC’s Nationally televised Bell Telephone Hour, and has toured worldwide under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of State, and performed with esteemed orchestras in USA, Asia, EU, Mexico, Haiti, Venezuela, Colombia Guatemala, Nicaragua, England, Austria, Italy and beyond.
Ms. Karasik is the recipient of the 1st National Endowment for the Arts Solo Artists Award and has been awarded grants from the Ford & Rockefeller Foundations among others.
She studied with the renowned Madame Rosina Lhévinne at the Juilliard School, as well as with the iconic Karl Ulrich Schnabel. She served as a sponsored artist for Pro Musicis Foundation and Xerox Corporation.
Ms. Karasik is the 1st concert pianist to make an official tour of the People’s Republic of China and was honored by its DC Embassy at a ceremony including the White House, members of the U.S. Senate and her fellow artists Violinist Isaac Stern, Conductor Eugene Ormandy & America’s dance pioneer, Martha Graham.
As the Founding Board Chair, Ms. Karasik will work closely with Dean Schriner to develop strategies in support of The Wertheim’s students, faculty, alumni, and programs.