Pianist, winner of the Twelfth International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1990. In the same year, he was given the Bronze Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He has also won the International Terence Judd Award, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.
Kevin Kenner has appeared in concert alongside such excellent orchestras as the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Polish National Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, the Brussels Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, the Japanese NHK Symphony and American orchestras from San Francisco, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, New Jersey, Rochester, Baltimore and St. Paul. He has been a frequent guest performer at the Pyongyang Music Festival in Korea and the International Music Festival ‘Chopin and His Europe’ in Warsaw. He has performed with such eminent conductors as Sir Charles Groves, Andrew Davis, Hans Vonk, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Kazimierz Kord, Jiří Bĕlohlávek and Antoni Wit. The artist has performed in Japan, the United States, Mexico, Canada, South Korea, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Poland.
Kevin Kenner has been a member of the jury at multiple international piano competitions in Asia, Europe and the United States. He currently teaches at the Royal College of Music in London and, since 2016, has lectured on the art of interpretation on keyboard instruments at The University of Miami Frost School of Music.
The pianist also plays chamber repertoire with some renowned violin quartets, e.g. Belcea, Tokyo, Endellion, Vogler, Casal and Panocha, and in duos with cellist Matt Haimovitz and, since 2011, with violinist Kyung Wha Chung. He has performed special arrangements of works by Astor Piazzolla, Chopin and Bach with the ensemble Piazzoforte. As a highly esteemed performer on period instruments, Kevin Kenner has appeared in concert alongside Frans Brüggen and his Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and presented Fryderyk Chopin’s music on a Graf piano built in 1826. He is the founder and artistic director of Ensemble XIX, with whom he has played the music by Fryderyk Chopin on the instruments built during the composer’s lifetime.
Kenner’s recordings include numerous albums with music by Chopin, e.g. a recital played on a historical piano released by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute (Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina) as a part of ‘The Real Chopin’ series. His ‘Chopin Resonances’ album has appeared on Gramophone’s list of the 50 greatest Chopin recordings. His disc with works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski has featured in ‘Rezonans’ (‘Resonance’), a new series initiated by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw.
Born in Southern California, the pianist started his music education with Krzysztof Buza and, subsequently, Ludwik Stefański in Poland. He went on to study under legendary artist Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and completed his education under Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hanover.
In December 2018, the artist was awarded an honorary degree from the Academy of Music in Łódź.