Olga Kern

CONCERT 4 – Olga Kern

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 8 PM

Vancouver Playhouse

Ogla Kern’s Website

“It was her sharp and decisive movements and utterly precise playing (of Rachmaninoff’ First Piano Concerto) that truly mesmerized in her debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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 Hall.

With her vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship and extraordinary technique, the striking young Russian pianist continues to captivate fans and critics alike.

Ms. Kern was born in Russia into a family of musicians with direct links to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. Winner of the first Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition in 1992 at the age of 17, she is a laureate of eleven international competitions.

Ms. Kern’s complete discography is on Harmonia Mundi and includes recordings of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, 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).
With her vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship and extraordinary technique, the striking young Russian pianist continues to captivate fans and critics alike.

Programme

Schumann Carnaval Op. 9
Alkan Etude Op. 35 in G major
Chopin Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35

Intermission

Rachmaninoff Selections from Preludes Op. 32 and Op. 23
No.1 in C major Op. 32
No. 5 in G major Op. 32
No. 8 in A minor Op. 32
No. 10 in B minor Op. 32
No. 7 in C minor Op. 23
No. 9 in E-flat minor Op. 23
No. 1 in F-sharp minor Op. 23
No. 5 in G minor Op. 23
No. 2 in B-flat minor Op. 32
No. 2 in C-sharp minor Op. 3
No. 12 in G-sharp minor Op. 32
No. 2 in B-flat major Op. 23