Steinway artist, Dr. Sean Kennard (www.seankennard.com) and concert violinist Routa Kroumovitch-Gomez, (www.routaviolin.com), both faculty at Stetson University’s School of Music, will perform collaboratively during the Sunday Awards Brunch.
Routa Kroumovitch studied at the prestigious Latvian Music School. Kroumovitch toured and recorded on radio and television throughout the former USSR. She was a student of David Oistrach at the Moscow conservatory. She completed her formal studies at the "Universidad de Chile."
Kroumovitch was a first violinist of the Santiago Chamber Orchestra, concertmaster of the Chilean Philharmonic Orchestra, and concertmaster of the Chilean Symphony Orchestra. She received the Critic's Award for the best solo performance in Santiago, Chile, and a Fulbright Award.
Routa Kroumovitch tours all over the World, and her master classes in Australia, China, Korea, Japan, Israel, and Europe are in high demand. She represents the United States as a judge in international violin competitions. She has been the concertmaster of numerous orchestras, and is currently the concertmaster of the Bach Festival Orchestra in Orlando. She is a regular guest at festivals such as Grand Teton, the Florida International Festival, Frutillar Music Festival in Chile, Schlern International Music Festival, Orfeo Music Festival, and The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.
“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].” Pianist Richard Goode described Kennard as “an extraordinary pianist, one of the most gifted I have ever heard.”
Sean’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), and Hilton Head International (USA). He has appeared in recital and as soloist with orchestras around the world, and 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. In 2017 he joined the faculty of Stetson University as coordinator of the keyboard division in the School of Music. www.seankennard.com