“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 performs concert dedicated to Van Cliburn

On October 9 at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Olga Kern presents a solo piano recital in dedication to Van Cliburn, performing on an instrument that once belonged to the great pianist.

The performance in Bentonville, AR will feature three sonatas by Scarlatti, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 21, Rachmaninoff’s Eight Preludes, Scriabin’s Two Études, and Balakirev’s Islamey.

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Coming Up: first-ever Olga Kern International Piano Competition

The Olga Kern International Piano Competition seeks to foster excellence through competition. This November, contestants will gather in Albuquerque, NM to compete for the top prize. In addition to a cash award, the winner will be provided concert engagements throughout the US and Europe plus a professional studio recording.

“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.”

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Olga Kern reunites with Pacific Symphony for Rachmaninoff

September 22-24, Olga Kern makes her return performing with the Pacific Symphony, taking the stage as featured soloist for Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Led by conductor Carl St. Clair, the concerts at Costa Mesa, CA’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts also include performances of Dvorak’s Carnival Overture and Respighi’s The Pines of Rome plus the world premiere of a composition by Conrad Tao.