Bachauer concert series
Apr 29, 2023 : 7:30 pm
Session 119
Olga Kern

The Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist 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.



Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City

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Keyboard-side Seating $40
Other Seating $35
Students $18

Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist
Olga Kern
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 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.

In recent seasons, Kern performed with the Moscow Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony, as well as opened the Pacific Symphony’s 2018-19 season. Kern was also a featured soloist for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra during the 2018-19 Tour. She also served as Artist in Residence for the San Antonio Symphony’s 2017-18 season and had her debut with the National Youth Orchestra on their China tour. Ms. Kern opened the Baltimore Symphony’s 2015-2016 centennial season with Marin Alsop. Other season highlights included returns to the Royal Philharmonic with Pinchas Zukerman, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice with Giancarlo Guerrero.

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.
Sergei Rachmaninoff

Etude-tableau in D Major, op. 39, no. 9

Etude-tableau in G Minor, op. 33, no. 7

Etude-tableau in E-flat Minor, op. 33, no. 5

Robert Schumann

Carnaval, op. 9




Valse noble






Lettres dansantes





Pantalon et Colombine

Valse allemande





Marche des Davidsbündler contre les Philistins

George Gershwin

Three Preludes

George Gershwin / Earl Wild

Virtuoso Etude No. 7, based on “Fascinatin’ Rhythm”

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Three Pieces
Moment Musical, op. 16, no. 4
Barcarolle, op. 10, no. 3
Polichinelle, op 3, no. 4
Sergei Rachmaninoff

Variations on a Theme of Corelli, op. 42

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Three Transcriptions

Hopak by Modest Mussorgsky

Liebeslied by Fritz Kreisler

Lilacs by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Polka de W. R.

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