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Olga Kern

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Olga Kern, pianist

With vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship, and extraordinary technique, Olga Kern continues to captivate fans and critics alike. The Russian pianist jumpstarted her U.S. career as the first woman in over 30 years to receive the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. First prize winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at the age of 17, Kern is a laureate of many international competitions and is also a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Division of the Arts.  

In the 2014-15 season, she performed with the NHK Symphony, Orchestre National De Lyon, New Mexico Philharmonic, the symphonies of Detroit, Nashville, Madison, Austin, Mobile, and Santa Rosa, and will give recitals alongside star American soprano Renée Fleming in Boston and Washington, DC. Her last appearance with the RPO was in November 2010.

Kern has performed in famed concert halls such 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.

Kern's discography with Harmonia Mundi 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 also featured in the award-winning documentary about the 2001 Cliburn Competition, Playing on the Edge.

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