Three brand new videos launched on Sean's YouTube channel! Chopin's "Heroic" Polonaise in A-flat major, Chopin's Scherzo No. 3, and the world premiere of Sheridan Seyfried's Sonata for Piano.
Sean just completed recording sessions for three new videos: Chopin Scherzo No. 3, Chopin Polonaise in A-flat major, and a world premiere recording of Sheridan Seyfried's Sonata for Piano. Stay tuned for the release on YouTube, scheduled for August 2022.
Performances with Trio Barclay and masterclasses
With Trio Barclay
Irvine Barclay Theater, CA
With Trio Barclay
Artists and Lecturers Series
With Jonah Kim, cello
Classical Music Club, Tivoli Reserve
Boynton Beach, FL
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.
The Washington Post praised Kennard’s “powerful and involved music making,” describing him as “a strong luminous pianist.” His 2011 debut album received a rave review in American Record Guide, which pronounced it “a hidden gem,” attesting to its “perfect blend of lyricism and romantic passion,” “huge romantic sound, and bold melodic vision.” It proclaimed that he “plays the dickens out of the Stravinsky [Three Movements from Petrushka]” and “plays Chopin’s Preludes with more poise and vision than most pianists who have recorded them.” Fanfare affirmed the enthusiastic reception, naming the album “a very desirable disc” and citing “Kennard’s mastery of Chopin’s idiom,” its “impression of complete effortlessness” and “emotional responsiveness.” The review characterized his playing as “full of life and sparkle,” summing up: “while I wouldn't necessarily say that Kennard outclasses Ashkenazy, Rubinstein, Moravec, Ohlsson…in this repertoire, he surely equals them.”