“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


At Peninsula Music Festival, Olga Kern reunites with Victor Yampolsky

On August 11, Olga Kern appears at the Peninsula Music Festival at Door Auditorium in Ephraim, WI.

Olga reunites with conductor Victor Yampolsky for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, part of an all-Russian program. The concert also features Glinka’s Ruslan & Lyudmila Overture, Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel Suite.


Olga Kern offers solo recital at International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival

On July 28, Olga Kern returns to Fort Collins, CO to present a solo recital at the International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival. Olga appears as part of a benefit for her foundation “Aspiration,” which will award winners of the Odyssiad with special prizes. The recital at Colorado State University will include a selection of works by Scarlatti, Schumann, Beethoven and Liszt.

The International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival is a competition, recognizing both technical and artistic merit, and a festival featuring a series of recitals, special topic presentations on repertoire, performance, and pedagogy plus master classes by guest artists and faculty.

The IKOF supports the exchange of keyboard students and faculty via scholarships and fellowships, conferences, workshops, master classes and performance opportunities around the world. Unique in its vision, format and global outreach, the IKOF is designed for young musicians, teachers, distinguished amateurs, patrons, sponsors and audiences that love the piano and its repertoire.

Coming Up – first Olga Kern International Piano Competition

This November, Olga Kern and the New Mexico Philharmonic present the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition.

The final round of the new contest will feature the Competition’s finalists in performance with the New Mexico Philharmonic. In addition to a cash prize, the winner will be awarded concert engagements throughout the US and Europe and a professional recording.

The Competition’s mission is to provide a venue for young pianists to develop international careers through a contest that is recognized globally for its value and excellence.

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