Winner of Second Prize in the 12th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1990), Kevin Kenner was first taught piano by Krzysztof Brzuza at the College of Music in San Diego. At the age of seventeen, he moved to Cracow, where he became a student of Ludwik Stefański at the Academy of Music. He continued his musical education under Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, and then with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the Hochschule für Musik in Hanover (1981–1990).
He first took part in the Chopin Competition as a 17-year-old in 1980. Ten years later, he returned to Warsaw, this time coming out on top, with Second Prize (first prize not awarded) and the Fryderyk Chopin Society in Warsaw prize for the best performance of a polonaise (1990). He has also taken part in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City (1982, 1988 – Fifth Prize), the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth (1989 – special prize), the William Kapell International Piano Competition in College Park (1989) and the Pyotr Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow (1990 – Third Prize and prize for the best performance of Russian music).
He has performed with famous conductors and orchestras, including Kazimierz Kord, Charles Groves, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Hans Vonk and Andrew Davis, and the Halle Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra and symphony orchestras in San Francisco, New Jersey, St Paul, Salt Lake City, Rochester, Baltimore and Brussels. He also plays chamber music and has performed in concert with the Tokyo String Quartet, Edellian String Quartet, Vogler String Quartet and Fine Arts Quartet.
He has made several recordings for disc, including Chopin’s 24 Preludes, Op. 28, four scherzos, Andante spianato and Grand Polonaise brillante, Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2 and Waltz in E minor [op. posth]. For the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, he recorded a disc in the Real Chopin series: pin: NIFCCD 010 4 Impromptus, Scherzo in C sharp minor, nocturnes, mazurkas.
Kenner also teaches piano at the Royal College of Music in London and gives masterclasses in Japan, the USA and Poland.
He has sat on the jury of the 16th International Fryderyka Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. In 2007, 2008 and 2012, he performed in the ‘Warsaw and his Europe’ festival in Warsaw.