“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


Old Ox Chamber Music Festival in Vänersborg, Sweden

July 1 & 2, 2016, Olga Kern appears in Vänersborg, Sweden at the Old Ox Chamber Music Festival.

On July 1, Olga performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Värmlands Sinfonietta led by conductor Johannes Gustavsson. The concert also includes performances of Larsson’s Pastoralsvit and Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, “Haffner.”

Olga then appears on July 2 as part of the festival’s Superstars concert, presenting the music of Rachmaninoff and Scriabin.

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Olga Kern serves as jury chairman of 2016 Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition

This June, Olga Kern travels to Fort Worth, Texas to serve as jury chairman of the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition, joining a panel of esteemed musicians including Akemi Alink-Yamamoto, Angela Cheng, Catharine Lysinger, Fali Pavri, André-Michel Schub and Nelita True.

Established in 1999 as the first of its kind in the United States, the quadrennial festival promotes lifelong music-making as a vital part of daily life and draws more than 70 competitors.

Many past Amateur Competition participants have, at one time in their lives, received advanced piano degrees and others have never studied the piano professionally. Amateur Competition prizes have been awarded both to those with extensive public performing experience, as well as to those who have spent many hours playing mostly for their own enjoyment or for the pleasure of friends, family, and their local community. All are united by their love of classical music and of sharing this passion with others of like mind.

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Olga Kern joins Hawaii Symphony Orchestra for all-Russian program

Olga Kern joins conductor Victor Yampolsky and the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-flat Major and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat Major on June 11 & 12.

Olga’s performance is a part of an all-Russian program that also includes Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.

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