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Renee Cometa BriggsPianist Renée Cometa Briggs leads an active career as a performer and educator in the metropolitan New York area.  As a soloist, her repertoire ranges from Mozart on fortepiano to the complete Debussy Etudes.  Ms. Briggs won the award for best interpretation of a French Composition by the French Piano Institute, for which the prize was solo recitals of French repertoire in Paris at La Schola Cantorum and the French Embassy in Washington D.C.  She has also performed at the Foundation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland. An advocate of new music, Ms. Briggs has participated in the American Composers Alliance Festival in New York City performing works by Richard Brooks, Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy, and Raoul Pleskow, and with the piano trio, she has performed the works of New York composers Douglas Anderson, Constance Cooper, Jeff Herles, and Hilary Tann. From 1999 to 2004 Ms. Briggs created and administered the Bronx Conservatory of Music Outreach Concert Series, providing free concerts throughout the Bronx. The series received funding from the Bronx Conservatory of Music and the Bronx Council on the Arts.  Ms. Briggs holds a DMA from SUNY Stony Brook; an MM from Mannes College of Music, NY; and a BM from North Carolina School of the Arts.  She also studied in Switzerland under the auspices of the Semans Art Fund. Ms. Briggs serves as Assistant Professor on the music faculty at Bronx Community College, CUNY.