OLGA KERN, piano
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2017 at 2:30 PM
“Kern's musicality radiates off the stage and saturates the hall, and it is joyously, intensely alive. Call it star quality”
Recognized as one of her generation's finest pianists, the charismatic Olga Kern jumpstarted her U.S. career by winning the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the first woman to do so in more than thirty years.
First prize winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at seventeen, Ms. Kern is a laureate of many international competitions. In 2016 she served as Jury Chairman of both the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition and first Olga Kern International Piano Competition, where she also holds the title of Artistic Director.
Ms. Kern opened the Baltimore Symphony’s 2015-2016 centennial season with Marin Alsop. Other season highlights included returns to the Royal Philharmonic with Pinchas Zukerman, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice with Giancarlo Guerrero, Rochester Philharmonic and San Antonio Symphony, a month-long tour of South Africa visiting the Cape and KwaZulu Natal philharmonics, Israeli tour with the Israel Symphony, solo recitals at Van Wezel Hall, 92nd Street Y, and recitals with Renée Fleming in Carnegie Hall and Berkeley. In 2014-15 she appeared with the NHK Symphony, Orchestre National De Lyon, and the orchestras of Detroit, Nashville, Madison, New Mexico, and Austin as well as giving a recital at Seattle’s Meany Hall.
Ms. Kern has performed in such concert halls as Carnegie Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Symphony Hall in Osaka, Salzburger Festspielhaus, La Scala in Milan, Tonhalle in Zurich, and the Chatelet in Paris. Her discography includes her Grammy nominated recording of Rachmaninoff’s Corelli Variations and other transcriptions (2004), Brahms Variations (2007) and Chopin Piano Sonatas No. 2 and 3 (2010). She was featured in the award-winning documentary about the 2001 Cliburn Competition, Playing on the Edge.