Olga Kern is a celebrated returning artist of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, and her recital at Cziffra Festival is part of her Europe Tour. The Russian-American pianist burst into the international music scene in 2001 when she won the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition as a woman for the first time in thirty years. At the age of seventeen, she also won first place in the Rachmaninov International Piano Competition but proved her talent in many other music contests as well.
With her lively stage presence, passionately confident musicality and unique technique, she captivates audiences and critics alike, which can be marvelled at in the Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy this time. The programme of her recital can also be seen as a journey in music history, as in the first half of the evening, she starts off with Beethoven’s Falstaff Variations and gets to 20th-century music, Gershwin’s works. She dedicates the part after the intermission to Russian music, including the Corelli Variations by Rachmaninov, who had a direct connection to Kern’s family.
Supporter: Prime Minister’s Offiice, Bethlen Gábor Fund
Beethoven: Variations on the duet “La stessa, le stessissima” from Salieri’s opera Falstaff, WoO 73, Schumann: Carnival op. 9, Gershwin: Three Preludes, Fascinating rhythm
Rachmaninov: Moment Musicaux No. 4, op. 16, Etudes-Tableaux No. 8, op. 33, Polichinelle op. 3 No. 4, Corelli Variations, Scriabin: Two Etudes, op. 42 No. 4 and no 5., Balakirev: Islamey
Liszt Academy, Great Hall