Olga Kern—one of the top female pianists in the world today—landed on the international stage after her historic gold medal win at the 2001 Cliburn Competition. It was the first time in 30 years that a female won that auspicious prize. Now about 17 years later, she has an infectious energy that inspires everyone who hears her perform. Not only has she made her flash in the sky years ago, but maintained it at an international scale. This is no small feat.
She has recorded extensively on the Harmonia Mundi label featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, and Chopin. Her specialization in the Romantic literature is evident and we wanted to showcase three works below that place her artistry in the crosshairs of beautiful.
Here is Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 from the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition where Olga won the gold medal.
While only audio, this interpretation is deeply moving - Chopin’s Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 58, II. Scherzo: Molto vivace.
A fusion between Romantic and Baroque technique, here is Brahms’ Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24.
Hear Olga Kern open our SOLO Piano Series on OCT 6 & 7. Subscriptions are available for our entire season starting at $396 for 12 concerts (a 26% discount off single ticket prices). Alternatively, subscribe starting at $216 for six concerts (a 20% discount off single ticket prices).