A National Youth Orchestra of the World | 属于世界的青少年交响乐团

June 27, 2017

 

奥尔加·科恩

回想过去,我一直追随着自己对音乐的热情,也不断地在一扇又一扇钢琴为我打开的大门前感受到自己的渺小。最近,我受邀参加今年七月份在中华青少年交响乐团(NYO-China)的中国巡演,演奏柴可夫斯基《第一钢琴协奏曲》。

我出生于一个钢琴世家,几乎从没有考虑过音乐道路以外的事业方向。我五岁开始学琴,11岁时赢得了第一个国际比赛。我早期职业生涯的亮点,是在得克萨斯州沃思堡的范克莱恩国际钢琴比赛中摘得金牌。三十多年来,我是第一个获此殊荣的女钢琴家。从那时起,我一直很幸运地拥有一个令人兴奋的职业生涯,有机会与世界各地的乐团合作。虽然我目前住在纽约(并在最近荣获了全国民族联盟埃利斯岛荣誉勋章)​​,但我仍然心系家乡俄罗斯。我的祖先们与伟大的俄罗斯作曲家谢尔盖·拉赫马尼诺夫和柴可夫斯基曾紧密合作,至今我仍然最喜欢演奏的那些作曲家的作品。我对我的家园–俄罗斯和美国的自豪感一直帮助着我在这两个充满活力的文化中心与我的朋友们互动和演奏。

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。

我遇到的年轻音乐家们总是令我印象深刻。比如说,我特别期待在曼哈顿音乐学院教授优秀的学生钢琴家,今年九月起我就会成为那里的钢琴导师之一。我本人也是一个骄傲的母亲,我的儿子,钢琴奇才弗拉迪斯拉夫·克恩,最近刚从茱莉亚学院的预科毕业,现在意大利学习钢琴,并已经在一些国际钢琴比赛中赢得了名次。

我非常高兴,能有机会与NYO-China合作,在这次令人兴奋的中国巡演中演出。这个新项目有很多方面都非常契合我的想法。首先,这是一个为学生免费提供的机会,并且其中将涉及无数有意义的文化交流。虽然培训地点放在美国,但是音乐会则会在中国举办,我会很乐意为大家提供我在俄罗斯音乐圈里的影响,并表演最喜欢的作品之一:柴一。我无比期待与这些出众的年轻音乐家合作,一起在中国最美妙的音乐厅里奏响古典乐的新篇章。

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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.

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