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  • Kevin Kenner

    Kevin Kenner

    Artistic Director/ Teaching Artist/Performer

    Performing and teaching for this year’s Festival/Academy, Kevin Kenner, top prize winner of the 1990 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, continues to serve 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 where he recently received an honorary doctorate. 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 October 2020 he will join the jury of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw for the second time and serves as chairman of the jury of the 2020 National Chopin Competition in Miami.

  • Zlata Chochieva

    Joining the Academy for the first time is award-winning Russian pianist Zlata Chochieva, who first came to international attention with her highly-praised recordings of works by Chopin and Rachmaninov (Piano Classics), establishing her as a distinctive voice amongst pianists with a deep affinity with these composers. 

    Her Chopin Complete Etudes disc for Piano Classics was selected as an Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, and included in Gramophone’s list of 10 greatest Chopin recordings: “It is certainly one of the most consistently inspired, masterfully executed and beautiful-sounding versions I can recall.” (Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone). 

    Zlata has appeared at many prestigious concert halls and festivals, and with numerous major orchestras and conductors, incl. Mikhail Pletnev who became her mentor at an early age. Highlights of the 2018/19 season included her solo debut at Wigmore Hall, appearances at the Zaubersee Festival in Lucerne and the Berliner Klavierfestival, and with the Svetlanov State Orchestra and the Russian National Philharmonic. Furthermore, she performed twice in the Serate Musicali series in Milan. 

    In 2019/20 Zlata will be appearing as “Artist in Focus” in three different programs with the Aachen Symphony Orchestra. Solo debuts include the Vienna Konzerthaus, Vancouver Chopin Society, Brussels Chopin Days, as well as various festivals across Europe. A return to the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra will see her participate in the orchestra’s Tchaikovsky Festival with performances of his piano concerto no. 1 and piano trio. 

    Zlata was born in Moscow and first appeared on stage at age 5, making her orchestral debut two years later at the Grand Hall of Moscow State Conservatory. Her teachers have included Pavel Nersessian at the Moscow State Conservatory and Jacques Rouvier at the Mozarteum Salzburg where she was his assistant for several years. She is based in Berlin.

  • Akiko Ebi

    Teaching Artist/Performer
    After winning First prize at the National Piano Competition in Japan, Akiko Ebi launched her international career as the winner of the 2nd Grand Prix in the Long/Thibaud Competition in Paris. She was also a Laureate of the 1980 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. She studied with Aldo Ciccolini at the Paris Conservatoire. She has performed throughout the world in 35 countries and in such illustrious halls as the Berlin Philharmonic, das Neue Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées as well as the Salle Pleyel and Salle Gaveau in Paris, and London’s Wigmore Hall. Her duo concert with Marta Argerich has been televised worldwide numerous times. She was awarded twice the Grand Prix d’Or for her recordings of Hikari Ōe. For her services to French music, Akiko Ebi was named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 1993 and in 2002 received Japan’s prestigious Exxon Mobile Music Prize. She has often been invited as a jury member of the international competitions such as the Chopin in Warsaw, the Margarite Long in Paris, the Clara Haskil in Vevey,, the Gina Bachauer in Salt Lake City, the Santander, and the Maria Canals in Barcelona. She has also served as the president of the jury of the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2012 & 2015.

  • Boris Petrushansky

    Teaching Artist/Performer
    The Frost Chopin Academy welcomes for the first time Russian-born pianist Boris Petrushansky, whose highly original creativity and vivacious personality have gained him wide recognition as a concert pianist and pedagogue. A former student of the eminent Heinrich Neuhaus, he later graduated from the Moscow Conservatory studying with Lev Naumov. He has distinguished himself at major international competitions such as the Leeds International Competition in 1969, the Munich in 1971, and Terni in 1975, where he won first prize.   

    His performance career has taken him to Italy, Finland, Sweden, Japan, Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, Austria, Czech Republic, USA, Hungary, Israel, Egypt, Mexico, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Chile. He has made recordings with  Melodia (Russia), Stradivarius, Dynamic Fone, Agora, (Italy), Symposium (UK), Art&Electronics (Russia-USA). He has been guest soloist with such orchestras as the St. Petersburg  Philharmonic  Orchestra, the State  Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Moscow Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra “Verdi” of Milan,  Czech  Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Helsinki  Philharmonic, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the European Community Chamber Orchestra among many others as joined with renowned conductors such as Salonen, Gergiev, Lazarev, Abbado, Shostakovich, Lu Jia, and Jurowsky. Among his partners, to name but a  few, have numbered the  Leonid  Kogan, Igor Oistrach, Mischa Maisky to name but a few. Boris Petrushansky has served as a member of the juries of many international competitions such as the Leeds, “F. Busoni”, “D. B. Viotti”, “A. Casagrande”, Orlèans, Chopin in Warsaw, and the Tchaikovsky in Moscow.  

    In addition to his concert life, he is a world-respected pedagogue. From 1975 he was teaching at the Moscow Conservatory and is presently teaching at the Accademia Internazionale Pianistica “Incontri col Maestro” in Imola. In 2014, he was awarded the title of Academician of the “Academy of Muses” in Florence.  

  • John Rink

    John Rink

    Guest Lecturer/Teaching Artist
    Eminent scholar John Rink, professor at the University of Cambridge and one of the world’s foremost authorities on the music of Fryderyk Chopin, returns to the Academy a second time to offer students a series of interactive workshops and masterclass instruction. He is a prize-winning author and expert on the manuscript and printed sources for Chopin's works, the performance history of the composer's music over the past two centuries (including Chopin's own performing practices), analysis of the repertoire, editorial practices, and aspects of critical reception. 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. He served on the jury of the 17th International Chopin Competition in 2015 and will return to Warsaw next October as a member of the jury for the 18th Competition.

  • Olga Pasichnyk

    Ukrainian born soprano Olga Pasichnyk opens the Frost Chopin Festival singing selected Chopin Songs as can be heard in her recently released recording of the Songs with Kevin Kenner and which adds to her 60+ earlier releases. She has received international acclaim for her roles in operas of Monteverdi, Pergolesi, Gluck, Handel, Mozart, Weber, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and contemporary composers in most of the countries of Europe, Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Israel, and the USA. She has performed in the most famous concert halls and theatres such as the Opéra National de Paris, the Opéra Bastille, Palais Garnier, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Théâtre Châtelet, Salle Pleyel (Paris), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Komische Oper Berlin, Berliner Konzerthaus, Berliner Philharmonic, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Teatro Real, Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), Bayerische Staatsoper, Münchner Philharmonie, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels), Theater an der Wien, Bregenzer Festspiele, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Finnish National Opera, Flemish Opera, Polish National Opera, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.

    Olga Pasichnyk has performed with top orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker, L’Orchestre de Radio France, the European Union Baroque Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Freiburger Barockorchester, and the Orchestra of 18th Century Century.
    lga Pasichnyk’s career was launched after winning prizes in the International Vocal Competition in Hertogenbosch (the Netherlands), Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition in Helsinki (Finland) and The Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition (Belgium). Her recordings have been singled out three times by Poland’s highest phonographic award, the “Fryderyk” for her solo recordings.

  • Alan Walker

    Guest Lecturer
    Alan Walker returns to the Frost Chopin Festival for the second time to lecture on special topics related to the genius of Chopin. He is Professor Emeritus of Music at McMaster University, Canada.  Before settling in North America he was on the staff of the Music Division of the British Broadcasting Corporation in London.  He has broadcast for the BBC, for the CBC, and for CJRT - FM (Toronto), and gives regular public lectures on the music of the Romantic Era. His thirteen published books include A Study in Musical Analysis, An Anatomy of Musical Criticism, and symposia on Chopin, Schumann, and Liszt. 

    Dr. Walker’s three-volume, prize-winning biography of Franz Liszt, was a project which took him twenty-five years to complete, and for which the President of Hungary bestowed on him the medal Pro Cultura Hungarica.  The biography also received the Royal Philharmonic Society Prize, presented by HRH The Duke of Kent in London.

    Time Magazine hailed the biography as ‘a textured portrait of Liszt and his times without rival’.  The Wall Street Journal called it ‘the definitive work to which all subsequent Liszt biographies will aspire.’  The Washington Post selected it as a Book of the Year.

    For more than a decade Alan Walker worked on a large-scale biography of Fryderyk Chopin, which was finally published in October 2018. His research took him to Poland, London, Paris, Majorca, and Washington DC in pursuit of original documents.  The book has been described by The Sunday Times of London as ‘monumental’ and ‘the most comprehensive biography of the great Polish composer to appear in English’. The New York Times called it ‘a magisterial portrait’, while The Economist selected it as ‘one of the best books of the year.’

    For his services to music, McMaster University bestowed on Alan Walker the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa. More recently the Government of Hungary inducted him into one of its highest civilian honors: the Knight’s Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary.

  • Frank Cooper

    Frank Cooper

    Concert Moderator
    Renowned for his wealth of musical knowledge, Miami’s own Frank Cooper will introduce our Festival’s opening concert and return later in the week to interview our visiting lecturer Alan Walker on a variety of topics.  Dr. Cooper is Research Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Miami. Nineteen seasons of twice-yearly special courses in Musical Experiences for Adults have set a record for drawing repeat registrants in Miami.

  • The Tsenov Chamber Ensemble

    This year, the winner of this year’s Frost Chopin Academy concerto audition will perform in the final concert with the Tsenov Chamber Ensemble, conducted by its founder and music director, Guerguan Tsenov.  Established in New York City in 2015, the ensemble has performed regularly at the Lincoln Center and other authoritative venues in New York City. In 2017, the ensemble was invited to participate at the prestigious New York Piano Festival at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York. After 3 years of highly successful concert activities, the ensemble relocated to South Florida where it has expanded its performing spectrum, incorporating innovative educational programs and joint projects with other artistic institutions. Members of the TCE are some of the finest musicians in the U.S.  Each of the ensemble’s musicians has a distinguished international career and TCE is the place where these musicians meet to share their common desire to conquer new territories.

    TCE has a wide and diverse repertoire ranging from the classical era to works written by living composers. In the past four years of its existence, the ensemble has given eight U.S. premieres of works by composers virtually unknown to American audiences. A special branch of TCE’s activity as a promoter of new music is to present works by composers whose music has been oppressed by political regimes.

    Bulgarian conductor Guerguan Tsenov received his musical training first at the National Academy of Music in Sofia, and later at The Juilliard School in New York. In 2007, Mr. Tsenov was invited to the Aspen Music Festival as a conducting fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. In the same year, Tsenov was appointed Resident Conductor of NYU Symphony Orchestras. In 2011 he was appointed as a principal conductor of the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra in New York.  He has led all the major orchestras in his native country Bulgaria and has performed with the Orlando Philharmonic, New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (NY), Broadway Bach Ensemble (NY), AACA Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival, Detroit Civic Orchestra, and Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. Major venues include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the John F. Kennedy Center. He is a recipient of the Award of the International Academy of Arts, as well as the Award of Foundation Open Society for his musical achievements. He has also been two times recipient of the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship.

  • Polish American Folk Dance Company


    As one of our Academy’s workshops and social events, our students will enjoy an evening learning to dance traditional Polish folk dances with members of the Polish American Folk Dance Company, one of America’s oldest and most prestigious companies for Polish dance, based in New York and established in 1938 to perpetuate authentic Polish dances in the melting-pot of America.