Play On: Olga Kern

January 30, 2021

Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is 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.

Steinway Artist and First prize winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition (at seventeen!), 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 jumpstarted 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.


  • Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10 in E major
  • Clara Schumann:  Larghetto in F major, from Quatre pièces fugitives, Op. 15
  • Amy Beach: Scherzino: A Peterborough Chipmunk, from Three Pianoforte Pieces, Op. 128
  • Debussy: Feux d’artifice (Fireworks), from Preludes, Book II
  • Gershwin: Three Preludes
    i. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
    ii. Andante con moto e poco rubato
    iii. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
  • Gershwin/Arr. Wild: Fascinating Rhythm
  • Rachmaninoff: Etude-Tableau No. 8 in G minor, from Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 33
  • Scriabin: Two Etudes, Op. 42: No. 4 in F-sharp major and No. 5 in C-sharp minor
  • Prokofiev: Etude in C minor, Op. 2, No. 4
  • Liadov: The Music Box, Op. 32
  • Mussorgsky/Arr. Rachmaninoff: ‘Hopak’ in G major, from Sorochintsy Fair
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Prague, Stream

Saturday, Jan 30, 2021

7:00 pm