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ANNOUNCING THE 2022 FROST CHOPIN ACADEMY (IN-PERSON)

19-26 JUNE 2022

APPLY NOW!  Deadline April 1, 2022

 

ACTIVE 2021 FULL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS  OF THE CHOPIN FOUNDATION OF THE U.S. ARE AUTOMATICALLY ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM AFTER COMPLETING THE APPLICATION.

 

Partnering with the Chopin Foundation of the United States, and with the generous support of the M. Lee Pearce Foundation, the Patrick Park Foundation, and Olga and David Melin, the Frost School of Music presents a live in-person Frost Chopin Academy and Festival, offering pianists up to the age of 30 the opportunity to immerse themselves in the works of Fryderyk Chopin and learn first-hand from the world’s most distinguished Chopin specialists.

 

4 Individual Lessons • Masterclasses/Lectures • Festival Performance opportunities • Social activities

“…an incredible opportunity to watch and perform in masterclasses with the world’s top Chopin specialists.”

Talon Smith, 15, Fresno (2018 student)

 4 Individual Lessons:

The Academy offers every participant lessons with each of our master teachers. Unlike the typical masterclass setting which offers a more generalized commentary on a performance, the private nature of these sessions allows teacher and student to address more pertinent performance issues that relate to each student’s specific needs. All lessons focus exclusively on works of Chopin.  This year, our principal teaching artists include: Garrick Ohlsson, Ewa Pobłocka, Dina Yoffe and Kevin Kenner

 Masterclasses/Lectures:

The Academy will feature specialized masterclasses and lectures fashioned to help participants with specific issues surrounding the performance of Chopin’s works. Our guest lecturers will also share their specialized knowledge of Chopin in the form of workshops which will take the form of lectures and subsequent breakout groups applying newly learned skills. Workshops are open to the general public free of charge and will either be attended live or live-streamed, depending on university health protocols.  This year we will be inviting Prof. John Rink, Dmitry Ablogin, and soprano Olga Pasichnyk to address special topics surrounding Chopin interpretation.  We will also be welcoming the return of the Polish American Folk Dance Company to teach our students how to dance traditional Polish folk dances.

 Festival Performances:

Students and the general public will have the opportunity to attend live recitals of Chopin’s music performed by our teaching artists and selected Academy students. Concerts will also be livestreamed, and all performances will be free of charge.

Tuition and Housing:

The cost of tuition to the Frost Chopin Academy is $1800 and includes free on-campus room (8 nights) and board (3 meals a day) as well as free access to the Herbert Wellness Center (gym and swimming pool).  All applicants are considered for scholarships based upon the merit of their audition videos.

Those who prefer to make their own accommodations off-campus will receive an automatic $500 discount.  Parents are not allowed to stay in our on-campus housing.  

For more information, please contact kpk29@miami.edu   

 


Guest Artists and Faculty

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 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. His 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 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 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 with 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.


Garrick Ohlsson: 
Teaching Artist/Performer

We are very honored to welcome the renowned American pianist Garrick Ohlsson to our Academy.  Mr. Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess, and as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Chopin.  He also commands an enormous repertoire ranging over the entire piano literature and he has come to be noted for his masterly performances of the works of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. To date he has at his command more than 80 concertos, ranging from Haydn and Mozart to works of the 21st century.

In 2018/19 season he launched an ambitious project spread over multiple seasons exploring the complete solo piano works of Brahms in four programs to be heard in New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Los Angeles, London and a number of cities across North America. A frequent guest with the orchestras in Australia, Mr. Ohlsson has recently visited Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart as well as the New Zealand Symphony in Wellington and Auckland. In February 2020 he accomplished a seven city recital tour across Australia just prior to the closure of the concert world due to Covid-19.  Since that time and as a faculty member of San Francisco Conservatory of Music he has been able to contribute to keeping music alive for a number of organizations with live or recorded recital streams including a duo program with Kirill Gerstein with whom he will tour the US in winter 2022. With the re-opening of concert activity in the US in summer 2021 he appeared with the Indianapolis and Cleveland orchestras, in recital in San Francisco, Brevard Festival and 4 Brahms recitals at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. The 21/22 season began with the KBS orchestra, Seoul followed by Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle symphonies, BBC Glasgow and European orchestras in Prague, Hamburg, Lyon and St. Petersburg. In recital he can be heard in Los Angeles, Houston, Kansas City as well as Poland, Germany and England. Mr. Ohlsson can be heard on the Arabesque, RCA Victor Red Seal, Angel, BMG, Delos, Hänssler, Nonesuch, Telarc, Hyperion and Virgin Classics labels.

A native of White Plains, N.Y., Garrick Ohlsson began his piano studies at the age of 8, at the Westchester Conservatory of Music; at 13 he entered The Juilliard School, in New York City. He has been awarded first prizes in the Busoni and Montreal Piano competitions, the Gold Medal at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw (1970), the Avery Fisher Prize (1994), the University Musical Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor, MI (1998), the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music (2014), and the Gloria Artis Gold Medal for cultural merit from the Polish Deputy Culture Minister.


Ewa Pobłocka:
Teaching Artist/Performer

Prize-winner of the 10th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1980) and winner of the Polish Radio prize for the best performance of mazurkas, Ewa Pobłocka joins our Academy for the third time.  She also won First Prize at the International Viotti Music Competition in Vercelli (1977) and the gold medal at the International Festival of Young Laureates in Bordeaux (1979).

Ewa Pobłocka has performed throughout Europe and the Americas, as well as in China, Indonesia, South Africa, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Australia, in such venues as the Herkules-Saal in Munich, Musikhalle in Hamburg, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Kyoi Hall in Tokyo, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Barbican Centre and Wigmore Hall in London, Musikverein in Vienna, Lincoln Center in New York, Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto and Sala Cecília Meireles in Rio De Janeiro, among others. She has played as a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Bayerischers Rundfunkorchester, Sinfonia Varsovia and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and has repeatedly toured as a Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra soloist under the baton of Kazimierz Kord. She is an accomplished chamber musician and has performed with the Silesian Quartet as well as with many renowned singers.

She has given numerous first performances and made world premiere recordings of works by Polish contemporary composers, including Andrzej Panufnik, Witold Lutosławski (first Polish recording of the Piano Concerto with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the composer’s baton), Paweł Szymański and Paweł Mykietyn. Ewa Pobłocka has worked with European radio stations and recorded more than 50 discs (for Deutsche Grammophon, Polskie Nagrania, CD Accord and Bearton, among others). Many of her recordings have won prizes and critical acclaim, just to mention two ‘Record of the Year’ distinctions awarded by the 'Studio' Magazine and the John Field Medal for the recording of his complete Nocturnes. Her last album with the 1st book of Das Wohltemperierte Klavier by Johann Sebastian Bach has been awarded as recording of the month by 'Gramophone' Magazine and received special commendation in 'The Record Geijutsu'.

As a distinguished pedagogue, Ewa Pobłocka is the head of the Piano Department at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.  She has been a jury member of the most prestigeous international piano competitions, as the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Artur Rubinstein Competition in Tel-Aviv, and competitions in Hamamatsu, Pretoria, Calgary and Hastings, among many others.

Ewa Pobłocka also willingly devotes herself to literary activities – her first book, ‘Forte-piano’, was released in 2021. Since 2020, she has been running the broadcasts ‘Begin with Bach’ and ‘Bach’s Cases” in Polish Radio. Since 2018 she has been focusing mainly on Bach's music. Pobłocka is currently finalizing the recording of Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, performing both the volumes during the recitali series in Wigmore Hall (2021, 2022), among others.


Dina Yoffe:
Teaching Artist/Performer

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 as a performer in the Festival. 

Winner of the 2nd prize in the IX International Chopin Competition and VI International Schumann Piano Competition. Dina Yoffe completed her training at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory under the tutelage of legendary piano professor and important proponent of the Heinrich Neuhaus school.  She 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.  She has also served on multiple occasions on the jury of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, as well as the International Cleveland, Hamamatsu, Maria Canals and Liszt International Competitions.

John Rink: Workshops/Teaching

Eminent scholar John Rink, professor at 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 group lessons. 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 (www.chopinonline.ac.uk), 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 2015 and 2021 International Chopin Competitions.

Dmitry Ablogin: Workshop/Teaching

Dmitry Ablogin is one of today's most brilliant and innovative keyboard artists and will be offering a workshop and group sessions on the execution of “preluding”, a common performance practice of the classical and romantic age.

Mr. Ablogin 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.

Olga Pasichnyk: Seminar/Performer

Ukrainian born soprano Olga Pasichnyk will perform twice for the Frost Chopin Festival in concert with Ewa Pobłocka and Kevin Kenner.  She will also be joining the Academy in a seminar dedicated to the operatic influence in Chopin’s piano works.  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 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.


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