Albuquerque, N.M. — The first Olga Kern International Piano Competition came to a thrilling finish Saturday night with the four finalists playing concertos with the New Mexico Philharmonic, conducted by Vladimir Kern, who is Olga's brother.
Taking first place was Chen Guang, a Chinese pianist based in Italy. Second went to Anna Dmytrenko of Ukraine, now based in the U.S. and Germany. The top two winners each played a Prokofiev concerto, Nos. 2 and 3, respectively. Below is the list of winners, the concerto they played and their prize.
Our review of the finals is here.
Prokofiev: Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26
Prize: $11,000 cash prize, a professional recording on the Steinway & Sons label and concert engagements throughout Europe and the United States.
24, Ukraine/USA & Germany
Prokofiev: Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 16
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op. 43
23, USA (from Albuquerque)/Germany
Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
These winners will be honored in a ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. There will also be awards in other categories: $1,000 awards for the Best Contemporary Piece Prize winner and the Audience Award winner, as well as a $500 Aspiration Special Prize and several $500 Semi-Finalist Honorable Mentions. A concert will follow.
We'll update this story with those winners.
Olga Kern served as the jury chair. The competition jurors were Golda Vainberg-Tatz, R. Douglas Sheldon, Fali Pvri, Akemi Alink-Yamamoto, Constantine Orbelian, Konstantin Scherbakov and Vladimir Kern.
“My hope is that the Olga Kern International Piano Competition can now assist the next generation in its efforts to achieve their aspirations and dreams," said Olga Kern in our interview with her (complete story here). "I am thrilled to be working in tandem with the New Mexico Philharmonic on this new and exciting project."
The second Olga Kern International Piano Competition will be held in another three or four years.