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Kramer studied music at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University of Texas, and also took masterclasses in France with Gina Bachauer and Arthur Rubinstein. In 1972, Kramer was awarded first place at the Washington Piano Competition. Three years later, in 1975, he won the first national Chopin competition in Miami, and then won fifth place in the ninth International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.
- Dean Kramer, Associate Professor of Piano.
- "Fryderyk Chopin - Information Centre - Dean Kramer - Biography". En.chopin.nifc.pl. Retrieved 2012-04-29.