Instrumentalists & Ensembles

Olga Kern

— Piano

It was her sharp and decisive movements and utterly precise playing (of Rachmaninoff' First Piano Concerto) that truly mesmerized in her debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Olga Kern was an absolute whiz at the piano.
The New York Times

This immensely talented artist turned in a performance that was dignified, controlled and almost majestic... her rubato was elegant and natural. The highlight of the afternoon was the concerto's celebrated Adagio, where Spivakov created a gossamer halo around Kern's luscious phrases.
The Washington Post


Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation's great pianists. She jumpstarted her U.S. career with her historic Gold Medal win at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas as 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 the first Olga Kern . . .

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