“Call it star quality—music likes Kern the way the camera liked Garbo." - The Washington Post

"You can’t buy it, you can’t teach it. But Kern’s got it. And we can be thankful that there is an Olga Kern…to carry the great tradition she represents into the future." – D Magazine

"Kern's rendition of Chopin revealed not only her technical abilities but also an innate musicality." – Los Angeles Times

"Sheer talent does not come more transparently." - Gramophone


Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev at Santa Rosa Symphony

This weekend, Olga Kern joins the Santa Rosa Symphony for piano concertos by two Russian master composers. Olga appears with the orchestra on March 21, 22, and 23 for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1, paired with Prokofiev’s own Piano Concerto No. 1.

Music Director Bruno Ferrandis rounds out the program with Janacek’s Overture to Kát’a Kabanová and Stravinsky’s The Firebird. Click here for tickets.

Olga Kern gives Seattle recital with UW World Series; Chairs Jury for Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition

This week, Olga Kern continues her performance season with a recital in Seattle. Presented as part of the University of Washington’s World Series, the performance will take place at Meany Hall for the Performing Arts on March 12. Olga opens the program with Beethoven’s Variations on a Theme by Salieri, followed by Alkan’s Etude in G Major and Chopins Sonata No. 2. The second half of the program will be dedicated to selections from Rachmaninoff’s Études-Tableaux and Preludes.

The performance comes just a few days following Monday’s announcement that Olga will chair the jury for the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition in June 2016. Applications will take place beginning March 19, 2015 and continue through March 1, 2016. The competition is open to the public; ticket sales will begin early next year.

Russian masterworks with the Austin Symphony

On March 6 and 7, Olga Kern joins the Austin Symphony for “The Mighty Russian Composers,” a program of works that includes music from some of the country’s most renowned composers.

Olga joins for Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, which is paired with Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Liadov’s Baba-Yaga. The program also hears Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes and Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini. Austin Symphony Music Director Peter Bay conducts.