Frost Chopin Festival at UM Gusman Concert Hall

Mon Jun 25, 2018 - Sat Jun 30, 2018
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Presented in partnership with the Chopin Foundation of The United States, the Frost Chopin Academy is presenting the Frost Chopin Festival which allows concertgoers to enjoy a weeklong celebration of the music of Chopin and beyond featuring world-class artists from around the globe. This year’s festival features performances by pianists Dang Thai Son, Margarita Shevchenko, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydron, Kevin Kenner, jazz pianist Shelly Berg and a special appearance by legendary violinist Kyung-Wha Chung who comes to the Festival in conjunction with the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami.

The Festival is also inviting Alan Walker, one of the world’s most sought-after musicologists, to lecture twice on topics related to Chopin and his life. Two additional concerts will also feature performances by the most promising students of the educational wing of the Festival, the Frost Chopin Academy, and the Festival concludes with performances by selected pianists performing the Chopin Piano Concertos with members of the Amernet String Quartet. Each concert will be moderated by renowned musicologist and Frost Research Professor Emeritus Dr. Frank Cooper.


Performances Schedule

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 7:30 – 9pm

Dang Thai Son, piano

Frank Cooper, moderator

1st Prize winner of the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw opens the Frost Chopin Festival with a recital dedicated to the music of Paderewski, Liszt and Chopin, with a special introduction to the program by Miami’s own eminent scholar Dr. Frank Cooper.


Monday, June 25, 2018, 7:30 – 9pm

The piano masters of the 18th and 19th centuries were almost all outstanding improvisers. The Frost School of Music’s own Shelly Berg offers the Festival an homage to these masters in an evening of improvisations on classical themes.

Shelly Berg, piano


Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 7:30 – 9pm

Celebrated pianist, pedagogue and juror Katarzyna Popowa-Zydro”ì and Chopin Competition prize winner Margarita Shevchenko offer a joint piano recital dedicated to the music of Chopin.  A double treat not to be missed.  Introductory remarks will be offered by Dr. Frank Cooper.

Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroӓ and Margarita Shevchenko, piano

Frank Cooper, moderator


Thursday, June 28, 2018, 7:30 – 9pm

In partnership with the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami, legendary violinist Kyung Wha Chung and pianist Kevin Kenner offer the Festival an evening of violin-piano duo favorites, including works of Faure and Franck with supplemental remarks by Dr. Frank Cooper.

Kyung Wha Chung, violin

Kevin Kenner, piano

Frank Cooper, moderator


Friday, June 29, 2018, 7:30 – 9pm

Stars of the Academy, Concert I

The first of two evenings of Chopin’s piano music performed by the Academy’s talented young students.


Saturday, June 30, 2018, 6 – 7pm

In this second of the Festival’s lectures, Alan Walker draws attention to the many fallacies and fictions with which the story of Chopin’s life has been encumbered.

Festival Lecture II “Chopin: Fact and Fiction”

Alan Walker, Lecturer


Saturday, June 30, 2018, 7:30 – 9pm

Stars of the Academy, Concert II

Amernet String Quartet

Join us in the grand finale of the Festival as more talented pianists of the Academy perform works of Chopin as well as the winner of the Concerto Audition, who will perform a Chopin Piano Concerto with members of the illustrious Amernet Quartet in a special arrangement for piano and strings.

UM Gusman Concert Hall

Gusman Concert Hall
Frost School of Music

1314 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146

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