“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


Applications now open for 2016 Olga Kern International Piano Competition

2016 marks the inauguration of the Olga Kern International Piano Competition, a platform for young pianists to develop international careers through a competition that is recognized globally for its value and excellence.

The competition will be held November 13-20 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is open to pianists of all nationalities between the ages of 18 and 32.

“Launching a successful performing career in the 21st century is a daunting task for most young, talented, aspiring musicians,” says Olga Kern. “I have been very fortunate to achieve my dreams of becoming a concert pianist, and my hope is that the Olga Kern International Piano Competition can now assist the next generation in its efforts to achieve their aspirations and dreams. And to this end, I am thrilled to be working in tandem with the New Mexico Philharmonic on this new and exciting project.”

Learn more about and apply to be a part of the 2016 Olga Kern International Piano Competition

Olga Kern joins son Vladislav Kern for Mozart’s Double Piano Concerto

Olga Kern takes the stage with son Vladislav Kern to perform Mozart’s Double Piano Concerto on May 4, 2016.

The performance marks their return to Milan’s Conservatorio G. Verdi.

Explore Olga’s Spring schedule

Olga Kern solos with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Olga Kern is in the spotlight with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as she takes the stage to perform Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini on June 2 & 4 at Rochester’s Kodak Hall.

Conductor Ward Stare leads the orchestra in a concert also featuring Roussel’s Bacchus and Ariadne Suite, Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances” from Prince Igor and Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé Suite No. 2.