SEAN KENNARD – Keyboard Coordinator, Piano


“America still produces superb pianists, and one is Sean Kennard,” proclaimed Limelight Magazine in their rave review of Kennard’s debut album. His “moving and musically satisfying” [The Strad] performances and recordings have been acclaimed all over the world for their “exceptional agility, nuance and power” [Gramophone], “powerful and involved music making” [The Washington Post], and “penetrating sense of structure…infectious sense of fun…full of life and sparkle” [Fanfare]. Renowned pianist Richard Goode described Kennard as “an extraordinary pianist, one of the most gifted I have ever heard…a most natural and unaffected performer, who conveys a calm authority even while whipping up a storm,” while American Record Guide has praised his “perfect blend of lyricism and romantic passion, huge romantic sound, and bold melodic vision.”


Sean Kennard’s accolades include top prizes and audience choice awards in numerous competitions such as the Queen Elisabeth (Belgium), The Vendome Prize (Portugal), Sendai International (Japan), Viña del Mar International (Chile), Hilton Head International (USA), National Chopin (USA), and others. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras around the world including the Prague Radio Symphony, Japan’s NHK Chamber Orchestra, Osaka Symphony, and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, the National Orchestra of Belgium, Chamber Orchestra of Frankfurt, Morocco Philharmonic, Chile Symphony, Uruguay’s Montevideo Philharmonic, and many others. Pianist of Trio Barclay, ensemble-in-residence of Irvine Barclay Theater, he also performs solo and chamber recitals throughout Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States. His discography includes highly acclaimed solo and chamber music releases on Naxos, Delos, and Centaur.


Dr. Sean Kennard, a Steinway artist, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he won the institution’s prestigious Sergei Rachmaninoff Award, the Juilliard School, Mannes College, and Yale University having studied with teachers including Boris Berman, Richard Goode, Enrique Graf, Jerome Lowenthal, and Robert McDonald. He was named a Harvey Fellow of the Mustard Seed Foundation in 2014, and in 2017 joined the faculty of Stetson University as Coordinator of Keyboard in the School of Music.


To hear Sean Kennard’s recordings and for more info about his recent projects and upcoming performances, please visit You can watch performances on his official YouTube channel @SeanKennard and connect with him on Instagram @seankennardpiano.

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