Kevin Kenner

Kevin KennerArtistic Director

Performing and teaching for this year’s Festival/Academy, Kevin Kenner, top prize winner of the 1990 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, serves as this year’s Artistic Director.  Since 2015 he has also been teaching full time at the Frost School of Music.  Previously, he taught for 11 years at the Royal College of Music in London, and has served as Visiting Professor at the Academy of Music in Łódź, Poland.

Apart from his 1990 victory in Warsaw,Kenner also claimed 3rd prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.  He has performed as soloist with world-class orchestras including the Hallé, BBC Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Warsaw Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Belgium, Orchestra of the 18th Century, NHK Symphony of Japan, San Francisco Symphony, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.  He has joined with string quartets such as the Belcea, Tokyo, Endellion, Vogler, Casal and Panocha, and worked as duo partner with cellist Matt Haimovitz, and since 2011 with Kyung Wha Chung. He is a frequent guest at the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea and the Chopin and His Europe Festival in Poland. 

Kenner is also recognized for his work as a juror in many renowned international competitions including the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw and the International Busoni Competition in Bolzano.  He recently served as chairman of the jury at the International Chopin Competition in Darmstadt.  

Kevin Kenner’s recordings are distributed internationally and include many discs of Chopin works as well as recordings of Ravel, Schumann, Beethoven, Piazzolla and Paderewski, the latter two having won special prizes. His recent CD “Chopin Resonances” was singled out by Gramophone Magazine as the Editor’s Choice and was nominated for the International Classical Music Awards in France.