Olga Kern joins Virginia Arts Festival as Director of Chamber Music
October 9, 2018

Olga Kern Announced as Connie and Marc Jacobson Chamber Music Series Director at Virginia Arts Festival
Announced today, Olga Kern will join the Virginia Arts Festival as Connie and Marc Jacobson Chamber Music Series Director.
With her vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship and extraordinary technique, the striking pianist will bring her talent and wisdom to the Virginia Arts Festival for the 2019 season and beyond.
Ms. Kern is a favorite of Virginia Arts Festival fans. She was featured in the 2017 Festival season in a solo recital and a Coffee Concert, and in 2015 she accompanied vocalist Renee Fleming at the Harrison Opera House.
“I am so thrilled to welcome Olga Kern as our new Director of Chamber Music,” says Virginia Arts Festival Perry Artistic Director Robert W. Cross. “Working with this award-winning artist, we look forward to continuing to burnish the Festival’s sterling reputation as a presenter of chamber music of the highest quality.”
Ms. Kern echoes Cross’s sentiments: “I have been impressed by the high artistic standards of the Virginia Arts Festival and I can’t wait to get started creating rewarding chamber music programs and inviting a new generation of wonderful artists for the Festival’s knowledgeable and fun-loving music lovers.”
First Prize Winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at age 17 and Gold Medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Ms. Kern has also 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. Since September 2017 she has served on the piano faculty of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music.
Ms. Kern has performed with the world’s leading symphony orchestras in Asia, Europe and America and in recital in the world’s great halls, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Salzburg Festival House, La Scala in Milan, Tonhalle in Zurich, and the Châtelet in Paris
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