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Chopin Foundation of the United States

Presented in partnership with the Chopin Foundation of the United States, the Frost Chopin Academy is presenting the Frost Chopin Festival which allows concertgoers to enjoy a 10-day celebration of the music of Chopin and beyond featuring world-class artists from around the globe. This year’s festival features performances by pianists Dina Yoffe, Kevin Kenner, the Escher String Quartet, comic mime Ireneusz Krosny, and a special Nocturne concert, a recreation of a 19th-century salon soirée. Performances will be moderated by Miami’s own Frank Cooper, Frost Research Professor Emeritus. Professor John Rink of the University of Cambridge will also join the Festival offering two lectures on Chopin themes. The Festival will also feature some of our most exciting young talents from the Academy to perform works of Chopin, including an evening devoted to the two Chopin Piano Concertos performed in chamber version with the Escher String Quartet. For information about parking, click here.

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When purchasing the FROST CHOPIN FESTIVAL PASS, you will have the benefit of attending every concert at a discount!

2019 Event Listing

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Frost Chopin Festival 2019 Opening Concert
Escher String Quartet
Adam Barnett-Hart, violin
Danbi Um, violin
Pierre Lapointe, viola
Brook Speltz, cello
Grzegorz Frankowski, double bass
Kevin Kenner, piano
Frank Cooper, moderator
The opening concert of the 2nd annual Chopin Festival features the renowned Escher String Quartet, who currently serve as Season Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The evening’s program includes the premiere performance of Nowakowski’s Piano Quintet. Both Chopin and Nowakowski studied composition with Jozef Eisner and the similarity is striking. 
Program:
W.A. Mozart’s String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K. 590
Samuel Barber’s String Quartet in B minor, Op. 11
Jozef Nowakowski’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 17

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Frost Chopin Academy Showcase Concert 1
Selected participants of the Frost Chopin Academy
This is the first of two concerts, which will feature performances by some of the most talented young pianists attending the Frost Chopin Academy. The performers and program TBA.
Program: 
Solo Piano Music of Chopin

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
An Evening of Concertos
Escher String Quartet
Adam Barnett-Hart, violin
Danbi Um, violin
Pierre Lapointe, viola
Brook Speltz, cello
Gzegorz Fankowski, double bass
Frank Cooper, moderator
Winners of the Frost Chopin Academy Concerto Audition, the Escher String Quartet, and Grzegorz Fankowski will perform Chopin Piano Concertos arranged for piano and string quintet by Kevin Kenner.

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Friday, June 28, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Violin Piano Duo Recital
Ji Young Lim, violin
Kevin Kenner, piano
Frank Cooper, concert introduction
This concert marks the Florida debut of Ji Young Lim, a 24-year-old violinist from Seoul, South Korea who won the top prize in the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels in 2015. She has also won the Ishikawa Music Award in Japan, the Concerto Competition at the International Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea, and the Eurasia Music Competition in Japan among others.
Program:
W.A. Mozart’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 21 in E minor, K. 304
Eugène Ysaÿe’s Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 27, No. 2
Johannes Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108  

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Saturday, June 29, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Distinguished Artist Recital:  Dina Yoffe
Dina Yoffe, piano
Michael Vaiman, violin
Dina Yoffe, a top prizewinner at the Schumann International competition in Germany and the prestigious Chopin Competition in Warsaw, is the featured performer for this very special evening. She will be joined for the second half by her husband Michael Vaiman on violin, performing his arrangement of the Chopin Cello Sonata for violin and piano.
Program: 
Schubert and Beethoven solo piano selections
Chopin Cello Sonata arranged for violin and piano

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Sunday, June 30, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Double Header: Frost Chopin Academy Showcase Concert II
An Evening of Body Language  
Students of the Chopin Academy
Ireneusz Krosny, comic mime
The second of two concerts showcasing a select group of exceptionally talented students of this year’s Chopin’s Academy will follow with an entertaining presentation of comedy featuring Poland’s most famous comic mime performing a series of skits, many of which will appeal to music lovers.
Program: 
Solo Music of Chopin
Various skits by Ireneusz Krosny

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
UM Gusman Concert Hall
Nocturne: The Salon Concert
Special Guest Artists of the Festival and Academy
Frank Cooper, moderator
In grand style, Frank Cooper moderates the finale of the Chopin Festival, which will re-enact a typical soiree of a 19th-century Parisian salon. Specially selected guest artists of the Festival will perform a variety of works in a relaxed setting on stage. Frank Cooper will introduce the performances and read interesting readings and excerpts. 
Sponsored by the Miami Salon Group

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We appreciate the additional support from LOT Polish Airlines, Miami Salon Group, Inc., and the Pearce Foundation.