因为音乐为我提供了如此多的机会，而且清晰地塑造了我的生活，所以我参与发起了两个旨在使青年人才受益的计划。 2012年，我与我的兄弟，导演弗拉基米尔·科恩（Vladimir Kern）一起发起的“愿望基金会”（Aspiration Foundation）为有才华的年轻音乐家提供经济援助，以给予他们必要的资源来追求自己的音乐技艺。此外，去年秋天，经新墨西哥爱乐乐团的支持，第一届奥加·科恩国际钢琴比赛在新墨西哥顺利举行，数十名卓越的年轻钢琴家自此脱颖而出。我现在就迫不及待地想知道这当中每一位参赛者，包括我们来自中国的冠军晨光，未来将会取得怎样辉煌的成就。
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Olga Kern: Sharing and Creating
For as long as I remember, I have been following my passion for music and have been constantly humbled by the doors that the piano has opened for me. Most recently, I was invited to perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 alongside the members of the inaugural National Youth Orchestra of China (NYO-China) during their concert tour of China next month.
I was born into a family of pianists and hardly ever even imagined a career outside of music. I started playing at age 5 and was successfully performing at international competitions by age 11. My early career was marked by winning the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. I was the first woman in over 30 years to do so. Since then, I have been fortunate to have a thrilling professional career, concertizing with orchestras around the world. Although I currently live in New York (and was recently honored with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations), I still have strong ties to my Russian homeland. My ancestors worked closely with the great Russian composers Sergei Rachmaninov and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and those composers’ works are still among my favorite to perform. My pride for both of my homes—Russia and the United States—has also helped me to share these two vibrant cultures with all those I interact with and play piano for.
Because music has provided me so many opportunities and so clearly shaped my life, I have helped to create two programs intended to benefit young talent. The Aspiration Foundation, which I started in 2012 with my brother, conductor Vladimir Kern, provides financial assistance for talented young musicians so that they have the necessary resources to pursue their craft. In addition, this past fall the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition took place in New Mexico with the support of the New Mexico Philharmonic. This competition highlighted the capabilities of dozens of young pianists and I cannot wait to see what each of the participants—including winner Guang Chen from China—will accomplish.
I am constantly impressed by the young musicians whom I encounter. For example, I look forward to teaching superb student pianists at the Manhattan School of Music when I join the institution’s faculty this coming September. I am also a proud mother to my wonderfully talented son, pianist Vladislav Kern, who recently graduated from the Juilliard Pre-College Program, is now studying piano in Italy and has already won international piano competitions.
I am thrilled to be performing with NYO-China during this exciting concert tour. This new program speaks to my heart for many reasons. It is a full scholarship opportunity offered at no cost to the students and will involve countless meaningful cultural exchanges. Although the training residency takes place in the United States and the concert tour occurs in China, I am happy to contribute my own close ties to Russian music and perform one of my favorite works by Tchaikovsky. I look forward to working with these bright young musicians and performing alongside them in some of China’s most wonderful concert venues.
Tickets for the inaugural concert at Carnegie Hall are now available here.