The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and the Chopin Foundation of the U.S. are pleased to announce the third installment of the critically-acclaimed Frost Chopin Festival and Academy which will take place July 7 – 10, 2021. Following two successful editions in 2018 and 2019, the event had to be postponed in 2020 due to the COVID crisis. With generous support from the Chopin Foundation of the U.S., the Dr. M. Lee Pearce Foundation and the Miami Salon Group, the four-day festival will be presented this year in an all-virtual platform with webinars and livestream performances open to a worldwide audience – all free of charge.
Photo Courtesy of the Frost School of Music.
“This is an exceptional opportunity not only for those who love the music of Chopin, but those also interested in observing the process as these young musicians explore the mystery of a fine Chopin interpretation with expert advice from some of the world’s most respected Chopin specialists,” states Kevin Kenner, Frost Chopin Academy and Festival Artistic Director. “This is an event that will be of interest to music teachers, students, professionals, amateurs and music enthusiasts alike.”
“We are delighted to co-present the third edition of the Frost Chopin Academy and have been honored to collaborate with the Frost School and Kevin Kenner on this wonderful program since its inception,” stated Barbara Muze, Executive Director of the Chopin Foundation of the U.S. “Pivoting to online technology this year has enabled us to bring together the finest young musicians, including 17 recipients of funding from our scholarship program, with world-renowned Chopin specialists to offer what promises to be a unique and rewarding educational and performance opportunity.”
Photo Courtesy of the Frost School of Music.
Introducing the Chopin Academy Participants:
24 promising young pianists representing the countries of South Korea, China, Poland, Canada and the U.S. have been selected to take part virtually in the Academy classes which will be held via webinar. Many of these aspiring artists have already earned international recognition and are on the brink of illustrious professional careers.
The youngest Academy student, Andrew Sijie Li, at 13 years old has already won international prizes and has performed in China, Canada, France and Italy. Seven of the students are currently preparing for the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, the preliminaries of which start one day after the conclusion of the Academy. One of those, Jaeyoon Lee is studying at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and recently won the 1st prize in the Robert Schumann International Piano Competition in Düsseldorf. Additional participants include the 2020 Grand Prize winner of the Chopin Foundation’s National Chopin Competition, Avery Gagliano, as well as the 2nd prize winner Evren Ozel, and 3rd prize winner, Parker van Ostrand. Parker, 18, was just awarded the 2021 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of only 20 young artists in the U.S. to receive such recognition. 17 of the Academy students are recipients of funding from the Chopin Foundation’s scholarship program and are studying at prestigious music schools including the Curtis Institute, the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory, the Colburn School, Oberlin, the Eastman School of Music, and the Frost School of Music.
Meet the World-Renowned Chopin Specialists:
The teaching faculty, include former laureates of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw — Edward Auer, Margarita Shevchenko and the Academy’s Artistic Director Kevin Kenner (1990). Together with Zlata Chochieva, renowned for her interpretations of Rachmaninoff and Chopin, they will be performing recitals scheduled each evening at 7:00 PM. Zlata Chochieva’s world-renowned recording of the 24 Chopin Etudes was declared by Gramophone Magazine as “one of the 10 greatest Chopin recordings.” Prof. John Rink, who joins this year for two workshops on selected Chopin works is currently editor-in-chief of The Complete Chopin –A New Critical Edition, published by Peters Edition London, and teaches regular classes on Chopin topics at University of Cambridge. Another Cambridge professor, Marina Frolova-Walker, will speak of Chopin’s legacy in Russia, and specifically his influence on the music of Alexander Scriabin. Ewa Poblocka, laureate of the 1980 International Chopin Competition, as well as Robert McDonald, one of America’s most sought-after piano teachers from the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute, will offer Chopin masterclasses.
Edward Aier: Courtesy of the Frost School of Music.
Margaritan Shevchenko: Courtesy of the Frost School of Music.
Kevin Kenner: Courtesy of the Frost School of Music.
Zlata Chochieva: Courtesy of the Frost School of Music.
John Rink: Courtesy of the Frost School of Music.
Marina Frolova Walker: Courtesy of the Frost School of Music.
Ewa Pobłocka: Courtesy of the Frost School of Music.
Robert McDonald: Courtesy of the Frost School of Music.
The Chopin Academy and Festival Schedule
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 2:30-4:00pm EST
The Ballades and Concerti of Chopin: A Workshop with Professor John Rink
Join Professor of Musical Performance Studies at University of Cambridge, Editor-in-Chief of The Complete Chopin – A New Critical Edition (published by Peters), juror of the 2015 and 2021 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, and world-renowned Chopin lecturer and researcher John Rink as he presents his first of two workshops with the Frost Chopin Academy students. He addresses the special characteristics of Chopin’s Ballades and Concerti and how they translate into a meaningful interpretation.
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 5:00-6:00pm EST
Behind the Scenes: A Collage of Inspiring Moments from the Lessons at the Frost Chopin Academy and Festival
Ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in the studio where a master teacher works individually with talented young pianists? There is nothing more fascinating than witnessing the magic that takes place when a student experiences a breakthrough. This segment highlights such special encounters between some of our 24 Academy students and our four master teachers: Edward Auer, Margarita Shevchenko, Zlata Chochieva, and Kevin Kenner.
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 7:00-8:00pm EST
Festival Recital I: Edward Auer plays Beethoven & Chopin
The 1965 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw prize winner and a leading interpreter of the works of Chopin, Professor Edward Auer offers a livestreamed concert of Beethoven’s monumental Sonata in A-flat, Op. 110, as well as a selection of Chopin masterpieces, including mazurkas, the rarely performed Nouvelles Etudes, and two of Chopin’s latest works, the Barcarolle, Op. 60 and the Polonaise-Fantaisie, Op. 61.
Thursday, July 8, 2021 2:30-4:00pm EST
The Fantasy and Chopin: A Workshop with Professor John Rink
Professor John Rink, Professor of Musical Performance Studies at the University of Cambridge, returns for a second workshop exploring with the Frost Chopin Academy and Festival students two masterpieces: Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49 and Polonaise-Fantaisie, Op. 61. Professor Rink offers historical background and context as well as addresses critical questions on how such knowledge informs musical performance.
Thursday, July 8, 2021 5:00-6:30pm EST
Robert McDonald Teaches Chopin
The Frost Chopin Academy and Festival is honored to welcome pianist Robert McDonald. An eminent chamber musician and sought-after master teacher currently employed at the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute, Professor McDonald will engage with a select group of Academy students as they perfect their Chopin performance skills.
Thursday, July 8, 2021 7:00-8:00pm EST
Festival Recital II: Margarita Shevchenko plays Scarlatti, Granados, Ravel, & Chopin
Prize-winner at the 1990 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw and professor of piano at Michigan State University, Margarita Shevchenko offers a livestreamed recital featuring an eclectic mosaic of works by Scarlatti, Granados, Ravel, and of course, Chopin.
Friday, July 9, 2021 2:30-3:30pm EST
Chopin Sources: A Lecture by Kevin Kenner
Frost Professor of Piano and specialist in the performance of Chopin, Kevin Kenner investigates the musical sources that underpin Chopin’s music and values, including his love of Baroque music, Classical style, the bel canto tradition, the stile brillante, Romanticism, and traditional Polish folk elements.
Friday, July 9, 2021 5:00-6:00pm EST
Chopin Etudes with Zlata Chochieva
Awarded the “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone, Zlata Chochieva’s recording of Chopin’s 24 Etudes was hailed by Jeremy Nichols as “one of the most consistently inspired, masterfully executed and beautiful-sounding versions I can recall.” Zlata will share invaluable insights into the performance of these technically challenging pieces that are an integral part of the musical growth of all aspiring professional pianists.
Friday, July 9, 2021 7:00-8:00pm EST
Festival Recital III: Zlata Chochieva plays Grieg, Ravel, & Chopin
The Frost Chopin Academy and Festival is thrilled to present internationally renowned concert pianist Zlata Chochieva in a livestreamed recital that will feature the colorful Album Leaves of Norway’s beloved Edvard Grieg, the Impressionistic masterpiece Miroirs by Maurice Ravel, and Chopin’s late Scherzo No. 4.
Saturday, July 10, 2021 2:30-3:30pm EST
Chopin and Scriabin: A Lecture by Marina Frolova-Walker
Just as Chopin’s genius was born of the complex musical environment of the early 19th century, his art profoundly impacted Russian pianism in subsequent generations. In this lecture for the Frost Chopin Academy and Festival, Professor of Music History at the University of Cambridge Marina Frolova-Walker discusses the legacy of Chopin in Russia and how his musical traits found a unique inflection in the music of Alexander Scriabin.
Saturday, July 10, 2021 5:00-6:30pm EST
Ewa Pobłocka Teaches Chopin
The Frost Academy and Festival welcomes once again Professor Ewa Pobłocka of the Bydgoszcz Academy of Music in Poland, who will offer specialized guidance in Chopin interpretation. Her magical interpretations from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier are well-engrained in our memory when she graced the Festival in 2019. Educated in Poland by some of the most highly regarded pedagogues of the Polish school, Professor Pobłocka launched her career after her prize at the 1980 International Chopin Competition. She is a frequent juror of many international competitions, including the Rubinstein and the Chopin.
Saturday, July 10, 2021 7:00-8:00pm EST
Festival Recital IV: Kevin Kenner plays Schumann and Chopin
In the final evening of the Frost Chopin Academy and Festival, Kevin Kenner, winner of the 1990 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, performs the nature-inspired Scenes from the Forest by Robert Schumann and two of Chopin’s brilliant works for piano and orchestra: the Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22 and the Variations on Mozart’s “La ci darem la mano,” Op. 2, in his new arrangements for piano and string quintet.
Frost School of Music
The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami is one of the most innovative and acclaimed music schools located in a private university in the U.S. It is renowned for its unique Frost Method® curriculum which creates musicians that have artistic, technological, & entrepreneurial skills to thrive and succeed in the rapidly changing world of professional music. Course work and performance opportunities can be cross-genre and non-siloed, affording 700 students a rare and musically diverse education. Frost is a top choice for the highest level of education in classical, jazz and pop, as well as music engineering, music education, music therapy and music business.
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Chopin Foundation of the U.S.
Founded in 1977 by Blanka A. Rosenstiel as a non-profit organization headquartered in Miami with national and international reach, the Chopin Foundation’s mission is to help young, talented American pianists develop their careers as international concert artists, and to make classical music, and above all the music of Frederic Chopin, accessible to everyone.
For more than 40 years, the Chopin Foundation and its flagship event, the National Chopin Piano Competition, have earned a prestigious reputation as one of the foremost proponents of young American pianists and the music of Frederic Chopin. Through competitions with substantial cash prizes, scholarship programs, and performance opportunities, the Foundation has encouraged the professional development of thousands of young artists. The Chopin Foundation networks and partners with schools of music, music teacher’s associations, and other music organizations (locally, statewide, nationally and internationally) to identify and support the best young pianists emerging in the classical world today. The Foundation belongs to the International Federation of Chopin Societies (a member of UNESCO), and the Chopin Foundation’s mission is carried out nationally by Councils in San Francisco, Seattle, and Virginia.
Dr. M. Lee Pearce Foundation
The Dr. M. Lee Pearce Foundation, Inc., is a private grant-making Foundation established in 1984 by philanthropist, entrepreneur and business executive, M. Lee Pearce, M.D., J.D. Dr. Pearce, who was an Emeritus Trustee and alumnus of the University of Miami, endowed a chair at UM and was an avid supporter of the Frost School of Music. With his passing in 2017, Dr. Pearce left in place a foundation dedicated to the support of classical music and to improving medical care with an emphasis on aging.
Miami Salon Group, Inc.
Miami Salon Group, Inc. (MSG) is a non-profit organization limited to thirty-five members who are dedicated to financially supporting the visual and performing arts in South Florida. Founded in 1987, Miami Salon Group, Inc. is a contemporary outgrowth of the Old World Salon, meeting seven times a year in members’ homes with presentations and performances by representatives of local arts organizations who have applied for a grant. Members make yearly contributions which are used to fund grants voted upon by the members.