“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



Want more after hearing Olga play the Barber piano concerto with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra last week? Watch Olga’s encore, Prokofiev’s Etude Op. 2 No. 4 here!

Watch Olga Live!

Olga plays Barber’s Piano Concerto with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra led by Leonard Slatkin!

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Review

Of Olga’s performance last weekend with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Classical Source writes “The first movement [of the Barber Piano Concerto] may be heard as impassioned, surreptitious, edgy and jagged – but always communicative – contrasted with romantic entreaties from woodwinds, and with a powerful sense of struggle that culminates in a vibrant cadenza, which Kern played with panache and skill and – as throughout the Concerto – with emotional identity. Delicacy and infinite melody embroider the entrancing central ‘Canzone’, wistful music a world away from the tussles of the first movement, and Bartókian rhythmic punch informs the Finale, Barber introducing exotic contrasts and scoring, knots tied with the mighty and emphatic conclusion. It was good to hear this piece again in such a committed account. For a pulsating encore, Kern selected the final example of Prokofiev’s Four Etudes, his Opus 2.”

Read the full review here.