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16th July, 12.00 PM, 3.00 PM Kevin Kenner 16th July, 12.00 PM, 3.00 PM Kevin Kenner

Kevin Kenner

Winner of the top prize in the 12th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1990), Kevin Kenner first learned piano with Krzysztof Brzuza at the College of Music in San Diego. At the age of seventeen, he moved to Cracow, where he became a student of Ludwik Stefański at the Academy of Music. The next stages in his musical training came under Leon Fleisher, at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, and Karl-Heinz Kammerling, at the Hochschule fur Musik in Hanover (1981-1990). He first took part in the Chopin Competition as a seventeen-year-old, in 1980. Ten years later, he returned to Warsaw to win second prize (first prize not awarded) and also the Fryderyk Chopin Society Prize for the best performance of a polonaise. He also took part in numerous other international piano competitions: the Gina Bachauer in Salt Lake City (1982; 1988, fifth prize), the Van Cliburn in Fort Worth (1989, special prize), the William Kapell in College Park (1989) and the Pyotr Tchaikovsky in Moscow (1990, third prize and the prize for the best performance of Russian music). He has worked with such conductors as Charles Groves, Kazimierz Kord, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jacek Kaspszyk, Andrew Davis and Jiří Bělohlávek, performing with such outstanding orchestras as the Halle, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Oslo Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, New Jersey, Salt Lake City, Baltimore and Brussels. For many years, he taught at the Royal College of Music in London, before accepting a post in Cracow. Since 2015, he has been a professor of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. He has been a juror of international piano competitions many times; in 2010, he sat on the jury of the 16th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. He has performed many times at the invitation of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, including in the Birthday Concerts and the ‘Chopin and his Europe' festival (2007, 2008, 2012).

 

Piano recital

Programme:

Fryderyk Chopin [1810-1849]

  • Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2
  • Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60
  • Scherzo in C sharp minor, Op. 39
  • Mazurkas, Op. 59
  • Mazurkas, Op. 56
  • Ballade in G minor, Op. 23