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Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the City of Albuquerque, and the Olga Kern International Piano Competition Present "Olga Plays for KiMo"

A Fundraising Concert to Benefit the KiMo Foundation
October 11, 2019

Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the City of Albuquerque, and the Olga Kern International Piano Competition present an evening of piano solo music on Friday, October 25 at the KiMo Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert at 8 p.m. The concert will feature Olga Kern performing solo piano works by much loved composers. This concert is a fundraiser for the KiMo Foundation. All proceeds will benefit the historic KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque to help with needs, such as repairs and preservation.

Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is now 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.  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 jump-started her US 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 30 years.

Steinway Artist and First-Prize winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at the age of 17, Kern is a laureate of many international competitions and tours throughout Russia, Europe, the United States, Japan, South Africa, and South Korea. The second Olga Kern International Piano Competition will take place in Albuquerque, where Kern will serve as Artistic Director and Jury Chair. Kern is a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Division of the Arts, and served as Jury Chairman of the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition in June 2016.

In recent seasons, Kern has performed with Tokyo's NHK Symphony; Orchestre National de Lyon; Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo; the Detroit Symphony for Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos 1, 2, and 3; and the Symphonies of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Nashville, Colorado, Madison, and Austin. Kern has also given recitals in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Louisville, with performances alongside Renée Fleming and Kathleen Battle. Kern's performance career has brought her to many of the world's most important venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Salzburger Festspielhaus, La Scala in Milan, Tonhalle in Zurich, and the Châtelet in Paris.

Single ticket prices for this fundraising concert range from $55 to $100. Tickets are available online at