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  • Kevin Kenner

    Kevin Kenner

    Artistic Director/ Teaching Artist/Performer

    Recognized internationally as a prime interpreter of the music of Chopin, Kevin Kenner’s career was launched in 1990 when he was awarded the top prize at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. That same year he also won the Terence Judd Award in London and 3rd prize at the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

    Kenner’s achievements have won him international acclaim. The Chicago Tribune praised him as "one of the finest American pianists to come along in years.” Britain’s Independent described one of his recitals as "...the best performance I have ever heard in the concert hall of all four of Chopin's ‘Ballades’.” The Financial Times hailed Professor Kenner as a "player of grace, subtle variety, and strength with a mature grasp of dramatic structure and proportion.” And the Washington Post proclaimed him "a major talent... an artist whose intellect, imagination and pianism speak powerfully and eloquently." Conductor Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, a former associate of the late Artur Rubinstein, said Professor Kenner’s work was among the most sensitive and beautiful he had ever heard.

    He has concertized and recorded over the last decade as a duo partner of violinist Kyung-Wha Chung and has performed with the Tokyo, Escher, Belcea, Mosaiques, Apollon Musagete, Endellion, and Vogler Quartets. He has been invited to appear at the Verbier Festival, Warsaw’s “Chopin and His Europe” Festival, and the PyeongChang Festival. A distinguished recording artist, Kenner’s interpretations of works by Paderewski and Chopin were each picked as recordings of the month by Gramophone, which also singled out his recording “Resonances” as one of 50 of the greatest recordings of Chopin works. The most recent recording of his own chamber arrangements of the Chopin Concertos was nominated by BBC Magazine for the 2020 Recording of the Year. He was awarded two Fryderyks for his recordings of works of Piazzolla (2006) and concert works of Paderewski (2011).

    After teaching for more than a decade as a professor at London’s Royal College of Music, Kenner accepted a post at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where he continues to prepare many young talented pianists for international performance careers. Following his three-year tenure as Visiting Professor at the Academy of Music in Łódź, Poland he was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2018. In 2019 he was awarded the Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumnus Award as well as the Amicus Poloniae Award from the Polish Ambassador to the U.S. In February 2020 he chaired the jury of the Chopin Foundation’s National Chopin Competition in Miami. And in 2021 he served as vice-chairman of the jury of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw.

  • Dmitry Ablogin

    Teaching Artist/Performer

    "A tremendous virtuoso, a great musician with an all-encompassing musical culture." Bruno Monsaingeon 

    Dmitry Ablogin is one of today's most brilliant and innovative keyboard artists. 

    He studied with Vladimir Tropp at the Gnessin Academy in Moscow, from which he graduated with honours in 2012. He continued his education in Germany, studying fortepiano with Jesper B. Christensen at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt. 

    Laureate of the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments in Warsaw (2018), Dmitry has won prizes in numerous piano competitions, including the Nikolai Rubinstein in Paris, Vera Lotar-Shevchenko in Novosibirsk, German Piano Open in Hanover and Musica Antiqua in Bruges. 

    Dmitry has performed in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Russia, France, the US at the Miami International Piano Festival and in Warsaw at the renowned festival “Chopin and his Europe”. 

    In addition to performing around the world, he is teaching piano and fortepiano at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt.  

    In October 2021 Dmitry has won the 10th International German Piano Award and made his debut at the Alte Oper Frankfurt with Piano Concerto No. 4 by Ludwig van Beethoven. 

  • Dina Yoffe

    Teaching Artist

    Praised as “a sovereign master of her art” by the German newspaper the Süddeutsche Zeitung, we are pleased to welcome for the first time Latvian-born pianist, Dina Yoffe, to the faculty of the Academy and a guest performer of the Festival. Ms. Yoffe is the winner of the 2nd prize in the IX International Chopin Competition and VI International Schumann Piano Competition. She completed her training at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory under the tutelage of legendary piano professor and important proponent of the Heinrich Neuhaus school, Vera Gornostaeva. Dina Yoffe has performed with notable conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Neville Marriner, Valery Gergiev, Dmitri Kitayenko, James De Priest, and Gidon Kremer. She is also an avid chamber musician and has played with many internationally renowned musicians, such as Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, and Vadim Repin, to name but a few. Ms. Yoffe has also served on the jury of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, and International Cleveland, Hamamatsu, Maria Canals, and Liszt International Competitions.

  • HaeSun Paik

    Teaching Artist 

    We are delighted to welcome for the first time to our teaching faculty pianist HaeSun Paik. Ms. Paik has been hailed for her “thoughtful,” “mercurial,” and “unique interpretations” by top reviewers from The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and The Boston Globe.  Having garnered top prizes at international piano competitions such as the Queen Elisabeth, Leeds, William Kapell, and the Tchaikovsky, Ms. Paik has performed as soloist and guest performer with orchestras and chamber ensembles around the world, including the Boston, National, London, City of Birmingham, Belgium National, Osaka, NHK, and KBS Symphony Orchestras, the Munich, Radio France, Tokyo, Warsaw, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Russian National Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev, Sir Simon Rattle, Vassily Sinaisky, Dmitri Kitaenko, Stanislav Skrovaczewski, and Myung Whun Chung, to name but a few. A superb collaborative artist, Ms. Paik performed with many distinguished artists including cellists Anner Bylsma, Mischa Maisky, Myung-wha Chung, violist Nobuko Imai, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, the Borromeo String Quartet, and the Jerusalem Quartet. Her duo recording with cellist Laurence Lesser of the complete works by Beethoven for cello and piano was released by Bridge Records. Her debut and subsequent solo recordings can be heard on the EMI label.

    Having pursued her musical training in the U.S. from the age of 14 under the guidance of Hwa Kyung Byun and the late Russell Sherman, Ms. Paik has now become one of the most sought-after pedagogues in the world. Her teaching career began early when she was offered a professorship at Seoul National University, the youngest pianist of her generation to receive this honor. Later, she served on the piano faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and currently teaches at the New England Conservatory. Ms. Paik has served as juror in many international competitions including the Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU, the Cleveland, the Gina Bachauer, the Hilton Head, the Honens, and the Seoul (Dong-A) international piano competitions.

  • Wojciech Świtała

    John Rink

    Teaching Artist

    We welcome Professor Wojciech Świtała to our Academy for the first time. Prof. Świtała has graduated from the Katowice Academy of Music under iconic Polish professor Józef Stompel. In the years 1991–1996, he honed his pianistic skills with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Andre Dumortier, and Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden. He won prizes in a number of international piano competitions, most notably in Paris (Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud) and Montreal. Professor Świtała was selected as the best Polish participant in the 12th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, when he received the prize for “the best performance of a polonaise” among a number of other prizes. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician in most countries of Europe and the Americas.

    Świtała has recorded up to twenty discs for Polskie Nagrania, Bearton, DUX, Sony Music Polska and IMC, with music by Brahms, Liszt, Schumann, Debussy, Chopin, Szymanowski and Zarębski. In 2000 and 2005, his discs won twice the Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin, and in 2002 and 2009 he won a Polish “Grammy” award, the prestigious “Fryderyk” award by the Polish music industry. Since 1998, he has also pursued pedagogical work. From 2008 to 2012, he was deputy vice-chancellor for learning and didactics at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, where he has been the Chair of the Piano Department since 2012. Prof. Świtała has been a juror of many competitions, including of the Long-Thibaud (Paris) and Paderewski (Bydgoszcz) international competitions, and the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. In 2014, he was appointed to the Program Committee of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute. His recordings for the Institute include Chopin’s Ballades for their “white series” and the Chopin Preludes on a period instrument, which received accolades from BBC Classic.

  • John Rink

    Teaching Lecturer

    Professor John Rink of University of Cambridge is a frequent guest of the Academy, having offered us highly popular workshops since 2019. He is one of the world's foremost authorities on the music of Fryderyk Chopin and a prize-winning author. Prof. Rink is an expert on the manuscripts and printed sources for Chopin's works, as well as the performance history of Chopin’s music over the past two centuries. He is Editor in Chief of “The Complete Chopin – A New Critical Edition”, published by Peters Edition London, and has directed three major online projects focused on Chopin (, in addition to producing acclaimed editions of the two piano concertos. Much of his recent work as a performer focuses on period instruments, including the Pleyel pianos that Chopin himself favored. Prof. Rink served on the jury of the last two International Chopin Competitions in Warsaw. In addition to his post as Professor of Musical Performance Studies at the University of Cambridge, he is also Visiting Professor at prestigious institutions in London, Singapore, and China.

  • Tian Ying


    Praised by the Boston Globe as “one of the finest pianists active in America,”, Tian Ying, winner of many prestigious awards, including high honors as the Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1089, has become well-known for his eloquent, poetic, and dramatically intense performances. Ying’s reputation for unusually searching and profound interpretations, played at the highest level of virtuoso accomplishment, has earned him a distinguished place among today’s most exciting, original, and accomplished artists of his generation. 

    Tian Ying has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Rochester Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta at Orchestra Hall, and the symphonies of Atlanta, Fort Worth, Toledo, Columbus, Colorado, Hartford, Jacksonville, Spokane, Oakland, Madison, Wichita, Ann Arbor, Shanghai, and Hong Kong Philharmonic, among others. Solo recitals have taken him across North America, Europe, and from Casablanca to Bangkok. During the 2010-11 season alone, Tian Ying performed nine different concerti with orchestras across the US. The Boston Globe chose his Bank of Boston Celebrity Series concert as one of the Top Ten in classical music events; The Miami Herald chose his performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Frost Symphony at the opening concert Festival Miami in 2009 as the Top Five musical events in South Florida. There have been many articles written about Tian Ying, including profiles in The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and People Magazine. 

    Tian Ying has been on the faculty of Keyboard Performance at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music in Coral Gables, Florida since 2002.