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Acclaimed pianist Kern to perform at Yavapai College

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medal winner Olga Kern will perform the music of Schumann, Barber and Rachmaninoff on the stage of the Yavapai College Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. April 5.

Kern received the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the 11th annual Cliburn competition on June 10, 2001. The first woman to have received the Cliburn gold medal since 1969, she was also awarded two years of international concert engagements and career management.

As a result of her success at the Cliburn competition, Kern made her Boston Pops debut during the summer of 2001. She highlighted subsequent U.S. tours with performances with the El Paso Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic and San Antonio Symphony orchestras, as well as recitals in Atlanta, Boulder, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Portland and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Kern was born into a family of musicians (her great-great-grandmother was a friend of Tchaikovsky) and began studying piano at the age of 5.

She is a laureate of several international competitions including the Hamamatsu, Ciani and China competitions, and has performed in many of the world's most important venues, including the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Symphony Hall in Osaka, La Scala in Milan and the Salle Cortot in Paris.

The recipient of an honorary scholarship from the president of Russia in 1996 is a regular soloist with the Moscow State Symphony and has appeared with the Moscow Philharmonic, Russian National, China Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic, La Scala Philharmonic, Torino Symphony and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras.

Kern is a postgraduate student at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Accademia Pianistica Incontri col Maestro in Imola, Italy, where she currently studies with Boris Petrushansky.

She competed at the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997 under her maiden name Pushechnikova and devotes her free time to caring for her young son.

For more information about Kern and the Van Cliburn competition, visit

Tickets are $23 for VIP seats and $18 for all other seats, available at the YC Community Events Office in the art gallery of the performance hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or by calling 776-2033.

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