Kennard, Sean

KENNARD, Sean

BiographyCompetitor Program

Sean Kennard has won top prizes in the Queen Elisabeth Competition (Belgium), the International Music Competition of Viña del Mar (Chile), the Vendome International Piano Competition (Portugal), the Sendai International Music Competition (Japan), the Hilton Head International Piano Competition (USA), the National Chopin Competition, the Iowa Piano Competition, the American Pianists Association, and the International Chopin Competition of the Pacific.

Kennard has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as Japan’s NHK Chamber Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, the Sendai Philharmonic, the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Belgique and Orchestre Royal de Chambre in Belgium, the German Chamber Orchestra of Frankfurt am Main, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Maroc, Orquesta Sinfonica de Chile, Orquesta Filarmónica de Montevideo, Sinfonia Perugina, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the orchestras of Charleston, Sioux City, and Honolulu.

Sean received a Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2004. In his final year at Curtis, he won their Sergei Rachmaninoff Award, given to one graduating pianist each year. He continued with Enrique Graf and later received a Master of Music from the Juilliard School, working with Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald. Currently he is in the studio of Richard Goode at Mannes College.

SEAN KENNARD  
PRELIMINARY ROUND ONE  
Lowell Liebermann Sonata No. 3, op. 82
  Inquieto esitante – Con tutta forza
  Adagio con molto rubato
  Allegro – Adagio – Presto
Frédéric Chopin Ballade in G Minor, op. 23
PRELIMINARY ROUND TWO  
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No. 16 in G Major, op. 31, no. 1
  Allegro vivace
  Adagio grazioso
  Rondo – Allegretto
Hector Villa-lobos Chôros No. 5
Camille Saint-Saëns/Horowitz Danse macabre
SEMI-FINAL ROUND  
Frédéric Chopin  
  Preludes, op. 28
Igor Stravinsky Trois mouvements de Petrouchka
  Danse Russe
  Chez Petrouchka
  La semaine grasse
FINAL ROUND  
Sergei Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 in C Major, op. 26