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October 6, 2024 5:00 pm


Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans



Acclaimed pianist OLGA KERN to play at Nocturne XXI, MASNO’s annual gala, on October 5, 2024


This year’s Nocturne fundraiser, again held at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, is a chance to celebrate the magic of hearing piano in person, gathering with other music lovers and musicians, and supporting programs that help educate and nurture young pianists. In addition to the performance, Nocturne includes a festive champagne reception and a multi-course seated dinner.

Schedule of the Evening

  • 5 p.m. – Champagne Reception
  • 6 p.m. – Salon Concert by Olga Kern
  • 7:30 p.m. – Seated Multi-Course Dinner

Program details coming soon



About Olga Kern

With a vivid onstage presence, dazzling technique, and keen musicality, pianist Olga Kern is widely recognized as one of the great artists of her generation, captivating audiences and critics alike. She was born into a family of musicians and began studying piano at the age of five. At seventeen, she was awarded first prize at the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition, and in 2001, she launched her U.S. career, winning a historic Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition—the only woman in the last fifty years to do so.

A Steinway Artist, Olga is a laureate of several international competitions. In 2016 she was Jury Chairman of both Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition and the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition, where she also holds the title of Artistic Director. In December 2021, Olga was Jury Chairman of the 1st Chopin Animato International Piano competition in Paris, France. In coming seasons, she will continue to serve on the juries of several high-level competitions. Olga frequently gives masterclasses and since 2017 has served on the piano faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. Also in 2017, Olga received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor (New York City). In 2019, she was appointed the Connie & Marc Jacobson Director of Chamber Music at the Virginia Arts Festival.

Olga has performed with many prominent orchestras, including the St. Louis Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.) as well as Czech Philharmonic, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Pittsburgh Symphony, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Tokyo’s NHK Symphony Orchestra, and Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. She was a featured soloist on U.S. tours with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine; and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2018, 2019, and 2022, and during the 2017–2018 season, she served as Artist in Residence at the San Antonio Symphony. Highlights of the 2022– 2023 season included performances with the Dallas Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland), and the Colorado Symphony. She performed recitals for the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation in Salt Lake City and the National Conference for Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago as well as in Ostrava, Czech Republic; Milan, Italy; Virginia Beach; Chicago; New York; and San Francisco.

The 2023–2024 season has included monumental performances of Rachmaninoff’s four piano concertos and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Austin Symphony and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Olga appeared with the Czech Philharmonic on a nation-wide telecast. The season includes engagements with Santa Rosa Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Asheville Symphony, Prague Symphony, Taipei Symphony, and Tokyo Symphony as well as a tour of South Africa. She performs recitals with

the American Pianists Association in Indianapolis, the Tuesday Musical Club of San Antonio, the Ljubljana Music Festival, and The Gilmore Piano Festival.

In 2012, Olga established the Kern Foundation “Aspiration,” which supports talented musicians around the world.

Olga’s discography includes a Harmonia Mundi recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Christopher Seaman; her Grammy-nominated disc of Rachmaninoff’s Corelli Variations and transcriptions; and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Warsaw Philharmonic and Antoni Wit. Other notable releases include Chopin’s Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3 and SONY’s release of Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for Cello and Piano with Sol Gabetta. Olga released a new CD in 2022 on the Delos label of Brahms and Shostakovich quintets with the Dalí Quartet. Olga is a Steinway Artist.

She is featured in award-winning documentaries about the 2001 Cliburn Competition: The Cliburn: Playing on the Edge, They Came to Play, and Olga’s Journey.

Olga’s iconic dresses are designed by Alex Teih (New York), and her jewelry is designed by Alex Soldier (New York). | @kernolga |



NOCTURNE XXI is presented with support from Classical 104.9 FM, Hall Piano Company, Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, Steinway & Sons, WWNO 89.9, Victoria Z Photography, and The Wine Seller.