Season 49

2020-2021 Season

Olga Kern & Dali Quartet


Olga Kern

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 “Call it star quality—music likes Kern the way the camera liked Garbo."  - The Washington Post

"Kern's rendition of Chopin revealed not only her technical abilities but also an innate musicality." 

                                                                                                          –Los Angeles Times

“Fiery & Widely Dynamic”     – London Classical Source

Hers was a deeply personal Rachmaninoff Third, by turns pensive and tempestuous,

warmly songful and brazenly fast.   - Chicago Tribune


An absolute whiz at the piano.   The New York Times

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.      D Magazine

Sheer talent does not come more transparently        Gramophone


Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation’s great artists.  With her vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship and extraordinary technique, the striking pianist continues to captivate fans and critics alike.  Olga Kern was born into a family of musicians with direct links to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff and began studying piano at the age of five. She jump started her U.S. career with her historic Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas as the first woman to do so in more than thirty years.

Steinway Artist and 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 International Piano Competition, where she also holds the title of Artistic Director. Ms. Kern frequently gives masterclasses and since September 2017 has served on the piano faculty of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. Additionally, Ms. Kern has been chosen as the Virginia Arts Festival’s new Connie & Marc Jacobson Director of Chamber Music, beginning with the 2019 season.


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