Olga Kern
One of her generation's greatest pianists
Performance Dates
Thursday, October 26, 2017 7:30pm at Centennial Hall

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

Olga Kern, the striking young Russian Gold Medal winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition - whose performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 made her the first woman to achieve this distinction in over 30 years - made her New York City debut in Carnegie's Zankel Hall in May, 2004. Eleven days later she returned to New York to play at Carnegie again, this time on the stage of the Isaac Stern Auditorium at the invitation of Carnegie Hall.

In 2016 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. 

In the 2016-2017 season, Ms. Kern premiered her first American concerto, the Barber Piano Concerto, with the Saint Louis Symphony and Leonard Slatkin. She will also appear with Pacific Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, and Copenhagen Philharmonic. Recital appearances include the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Virginia Arts Festival, Milan, and Glasgow.

Ms. Kern's 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.



Rachmaninoff    3 Etudes tableaux 

No. 9 in D major, Op. 39
No. 8 in G minor, Op. 33
No.6 in E-flat minor, Op. 33           

Rachmaninoff    8 Preludes

Opus 32, no. 1                      Allegro vivace in C major
Opus 32, no. 5                      Moderato in G Major
Opus 32, no. 8                      Vivo in A minor
Opus 3, no. 2                        Prelude in C-sharp minor
Opus 23, no. 7                      Allegro in C minor
Opus 32, no. 10                   Lento in B minor
Opus 32, no. 12                   Allegro in G-sharp minor
Opus 23, no. 5                      Alla Marcia in G minor

Gershwin                      Three Preludes
Gershwin                      Selections from Seven Virtuoso Etudes

(arr. Earl Wild)   


Rachmaninoff                 Moment musical op.16 N4 e minor          
                                         Barcarolle op.10 N3
                                         Polichinelle op.3 N4

Scriabin                          2 Etudes
No. 4, Op.42
No. 5, Op.42

Balakirev                       Islamey, Op. 18   

program subject to change

Shirley Chann

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