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					                                     OLGA KERN

Now recognized as one of her generation’s great pianists, Olga Kern’s career began one decade ago with
her award winning gold-medal performance at the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano
Competition in 2001. Her second catapulting triumph came in New York City on May 4, 2004, with a
highly acclaimed New York City recital debut at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. In an unprecedented turn of
events, Olga gave a second recital eight days later in Isaac Stern Auditorium at the invitation of Carnegie

With her vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship and extraordinary technique, the
striking young Russian pianist continues to captivate fans and critics alike. In the 2011-2012 season Olga
debuts with the Baltimore Symphony and the Sacramento Philharmonic, and will return to the Houston,
Saint Louis, Colorado and Phoenix Symphonies and National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. In winter
of 2012 Olga will make an extensive recital tour of North America with the world renowned violinist
Vladimir Spivakov, their first chamber music collaboration outside of Europe.

In April 2011, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and The Van Cliburn Foundation undertook a special co-
presentation of Olga Kern in celebration of her tremendous success of the last ten years. Her 2010-2011
season included opening week with the Colorado Symphony and closing week with the Detroit
Symphony, as well as subscription weeks with Nashville, St. Louis and Pittsburgh Symphonies. Also,
recitals at Longwood Gardens, Sanibel and Winter Park Music Festivals, Drake University and her debut
at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. At Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall she performed
Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.1 for the composer’s 200th Anniversary Celebration.

Summer 2011 appearances include her debut at Aspen Music Festival (Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.1),
her long awaited return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl (Rachmaninoff Rhapsody
on a Theme of Paganini), and recitals with La Jolla Music Society and Bear Valley Music Festival.

Recent seasons have seen her debuts with the New Jersey Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, a special
event concert with famed soprano Kathleen Battle at Carnegie Hall, repeat engagements with the Chicago
Symphony at the Ravinia Festival and several recitals and master classes with the International Keyboard
Institute in New York City.

Orchestra tours of North America have included a 35 city tour in 2007 with the National Philharmonic of
Russia and Vladimir Spivakov, as well as in 2008 with Maestro Spivakov and the world renowned
Moscow Virtuosi, presenting concerts in Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington
DC and Toronto.

Recent European appearances and debuts have included a tour of Austria and Switzerland with the
Warsaw Philharmonic and Maestro Antoni Wit, a tour of Germany with the Czech Philharmonic and
Maestro Zdenek Maçal, performances with the orchestras of Copenhagen and Lyon, and recitals in Milan,
Hamburg and Luxembourg. She made her London debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006
followed by her Proms debut in 2008. Ms. Kern made her South American debut with the Orquestra de
São Paulo in 2008, as well as her debut with the Seoul Philharmonic.
Miss Kern’s festival appearances include the Inaugural Concert of the Southeastern Piano Festival in
Columbia, South Carolina. She is welcomed back frequently to the Interlochen Festival, Bravo! Vail
Festival, and the Festival Casals in Puerto Rico in 2007, where she performed to a sold out venue. She has
been a recent guest artist at several international music festivals, including the Klavier Ruhr and
Kissinger Sommer festivals in Germany, the Radio-France Montpellier and Casadesus festivals in France,
the Ohrid Festival in Macedonia, and the Busoni Festival in Italy.

In June of 2002 Olga Kern made an extensive tour of South Africa where she returned to tour again in
February of 2005, performing all four Rachmaninoff piano concertos and Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini,
with her brother, Vladimir Kern, conducting. She is now Artistic Director of the Cape Town Festival in
South Africa and returns there annually.

Ms. Kern has performed in many of the world's most important venues, including the Great Hall of the
Moscow Conservatory, Symphony Hall in Osaka, Salzburger Festspielhaus, La Scala in Milan, Tonhalle in
Zurich, and the Châtelet in Paris; she has appeared as soloist with the Bolshoi Theater, the Moscow
Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphony, Russian National, China Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic, La
Scala Philharmonic, Torino Symphony, and Cape Town Symphony Orchestras. She has also performed
with the Kirov Orchestra under the direction of Valery Gergiev at the Kennedy Center.

Ms. Kern was born into a family of musicians with direct links to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff and
began studying piano at the age of five. Winner of the first Rachmaninoff International Piano
Competition when she was seventeen, she is a laureate of eleven international competitions and has
toured throughout her native Russia, Europe, and the United States, as well as in Japan, South Africa, and
South Korea. The recipient of an honorary scholarship from the President of Russia in 1996, she is a
member of Russia’s International Academy of Arts. She began her formal training with acclaimed teacher
Evgeny Timakin at the Moscow Central School and continued with Professor Sergei Dorensky at the
Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she was also a postgraduate student. She also studied with
Boris Petrushansky at the acclaimed Accademia Pianistica Incontri col Maestro in Imola, Italy.

Ms. Kern records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi. Her discography includes recordings of Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Christopher Seaman (2003), a
Rachmaninoff recording of Corelli Variations and other transcriptions (2004), a recital disk with works by
Rachmaninoff and Balakirev (2005), Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Warsaw Philharmonic and
Antoni Wit (2006), Brahms Variations (2007) and a 2010 release of 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.

As of May 2011
                                   CRITICAL ACCLAIM
“… *Olga Kern’s+ her mental command of the music is impeccable … she constantly demonstrated not
just a firm grasp but deep insight into the possibilities of the music…”

“But there’s something else besides the technique, the intellect, and the more obvious emotion as well –
something less easy to analyze but no less evident in a Kern performance. *…+ 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.”

                                                                  --Wayne Lee Gay, D Magazine, April 2011

“…Speaking of muscular power, not to mention sheer pianistic dexterity, she gave an astonishing
performance of Islamey, which used to be called the most difficult piece in the repertory for piano. Kern
is definitely its master.”

                                                               --Olin Chism, DFW Star Telegram, April 2011

“She ended her program with Balakirev’s Islamey, and this turned out to be the best rendition of this
work I have ever heard, dead or alive! The legendary difficulties of this piece, which result in so many
pianists huffing and puffing in an attempt to master its thorny challenges, sounded easy in Ms. Kern’s
performance, and her winning way with the lovely slow section was totally beguiling.”
                                                                    —Lyn Bronson, Peninsula Reviews, 2010

“Sheer talent does not come more transparently”
                                                                          --Bryce Morrison, The Gramophone

"Kern is adept at communicating the beauties of the lyrical slow movement of the concerto, and also
shines in the virtuoso passages of the framing movements. Her spectacular Horowitz-like technical
abilities in the Chopin may remind one of her strong playing of the Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto or
the Rachmaninoff transcriptions in her earlier albums."
                                                               -- Jon Sunier, Audiophile Audition, May 2006

"...the second [half of the program] revealed a young master, an artist to reckon with... Kern is a player of
top-notch technique who carries forward the musical spirit of her nation...."
                                                                           --Russell Platt, New York Newsday

"Kern’s rendition of Chopin revealed not only her technical abilities but also an innate musicality.”
                                                                        --James C. Taylor, Los Angeles Times

"Her electricity at the keyboard is palpable, and though she generates from the music itself, as it flows
through her fingers it takes on fresh voltage that is unmistakably hers."
                                                                          --Ronald Broun, Washington Post

“Her Scriabin Ninth Sonata is a tapestry of unsettling rumination and stormy outburst, all magnificently
managed. A warmly romantic approach brings a perfect mix of charm, whimsy, and poignancy to the
Schubert Impromptu in B-flat major (D. 934, No.3) and real ecstasy to the Wagner/Liszt Liebestod.”

                                                --Scott Cantrell (reviewing recording), Dallas Morning News
“There were no cannons firing inside Symphony Hall, but Kern shot off plenty of rockets with her
reading of Rachmaninoff's showy "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini." Kern played like every note
mattered, and she convinced this reviewer that she deserved every bit of her competition victory. Many
players try to pound Rachmaninoff into submission. Kern played with fire, but she didn't try to burn the
house down. Her Rachmaninoff had plenty of meaning, energy and articulation…a rising keyboard star.”
                                                                         --Keith Powers, The Boston Herald

“Kern…clearly has the musical ability and the personal charisma to place herself at the center of the
classical music world.”
                                                                         --Wayne Lee Gay, Star-Telegram

“…taste and cool fire. If Rachmaninoff's fabled third concerto is a tour de force, his Concerto No. 2 in C
minor is a challenge of a different, more delicate sort, whose familiar contours demand a keen ear and
facile hands to enliven. Kern invested unstrained care and measured passion…(demonstrating) the
highly musical stuff that may well pave the way for a solid career.”
                                                                        --Josef Woodward, Los Angeles Times

“From feather-light musical whispers to explosive instrumental fireworks, Kern’s rare gift is that of a
serious and true musician, whose golden touch is never harsh and always controlled.”
                                                                   --Sabine Kortals, Boulder Daily Camera

“Here is a pianist with all the equipment to become a star: total control of all aspects of technique, an
intelligent and musical approach to interpretation, the ability to find hidden lines in music, and an
arresting stage presence.”
                                                                --Joseph Youngblood, Palm Beach Daily News

“Olga Kern offered a superior program that left no doubts about her artistic mastery.”
                                                      --Victor R. Castro, Escenario (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
                  OLGA KERN


                     Season 2011-2012

        Ms. Olga Kern records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi

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