Mano and Brigitta Solinski play key role in pianists' careers
Mano worked for two industrial companies that took him to South Africa, South America, and the United States, and then became vice-director of an accounting and auditing firm. He also was the secretary-general of the Zurich-based World Organization of Hotel and Restaurant Associations.
Mano and Brigitta Solinski were also well-established educators. She attended business schools in Zug and London and worked for an international company. He was dean of a postgraduate building and civil engineering program in Switzerland and wrote a textbook and numerous articles on business economics and ethics in public administration.
Mano Solinski came to the United States during the 1970s to manage orange grove investments in Punta Gorda, Fla., before retiring to Skidaway Island. He met Brigitta in 1984, and for a time, they administered the citrus business together.
Since retiring to Skidaway Island in 2003, the Solinskis' friends and neighbors have become the beneficiaries of their classical piano outreach with a major student focus. Their house recitals have become an island institution.
"We are grateful to be able to annually contribute to the outstanding training that the Southeastern Piano Festival and the University's School of Music provide for young pianists," the Solinskis said.