“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


Olga Kern joins the Janacek Philharmonic for Tchaikovsky 1

October 30 and 31 find Olga Kern in the Czech Republic for two concerts with the Janacek Philharmonic. In the city of Ostrava, Olga can be heard performing Tchaikovsky’s emotionally rich Piano Concerto No. 1 with compatriot conductor Michail Jurowski at the podium.

Olga recorded Tchaikovsky’s first piano concert with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under Christopher Seaman for Harmonia Mundi in 2003. The album can be purchased on Amazon and iTunes.

The program also hears Jaromir Podesva’s Homage to Leos Janacek, performed in honor of the orchestra’s namesake, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Click here to purchase tickets.

Olga Kern joins Madison Symphony Orchestra for “The Russian Spirit”

This weekend sees Olga Kern in Madison, WI for an all-Russian program of works by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninoff. Olga joins conductor and MSO Music Director John DeMain for the lattermost composer’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on October 17, 18, and 19.

DeMain also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Suite from Swan Lake and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6. For tickets, click here.

Olga joins the Colorado Symphony for Rachmaninoff 3

This week, Olga Kern continues her autumn of Rachmaninoff piano concerti when she plays the composer’s famous Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Colorado Symphony. James Judd conducts the performances, which take place October 10, 11, and 12 at Boettcher Concert Hall. The program also includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 103, “Drumroll,” and the “Blumine” movement from Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.

Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto was the work that Olga played when she won the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal in the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in June 2001. Click here to watch her award-winning performance.