2016 Olga Kern International Piano Competition Awards & Prizes

The 2016 Piano Competition awards include $30,000 in cash prizes. The first-prize winner will be awarded international concert engagements throughout the US and Europe and a professional recording.

The 2016 Olga Kern International Piano Competition will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, from November 13–November 20, 2016. Announcement of winners will occur at the end of the Competition week. The Olga Kern International Piano Competition will award the following prizes and perks to the winners of the 2016 Competition:

First Prize


In addition to the cash prize, the winner will receive a professional recording, on the Steinway & Sons Label and the Olga Kern International Piano Competition will provide multiple concert engagements through the end of 2018 including:

Recital at Steinway Hall
New York City, US
Presented by Steinway & Sons

Recital at Nicholas Roerich Museum
Moscow, Russia
Presented by Vladimir Spivakov International Charitable Foundation

Recital at Gaber Auditorium
Milan, Italy
Presented by Fondazione La Società dei Concerti

Recital at the University Center for the Arts
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, US

Concerto with the New Mexico Philharmonic
Albuquerque, NM, US

Concerto with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra & the Durban KZN Philharmonic

Concerto with the Filarmonica Banatul
Timișoara, Romania

Second Prize


Third Prize


Fourth Prize


Best Contemporary Piece Prize


Audience Award


Guzik Foundation Award


Best Performance of a Work by Rachmaninoff.

Aspiration Special Prize


Semifinalist Honorable Mention


Rosalyn Tureck International Bach Competition


Best Performance of Bach.

Vladimir Spivakov Charitable Foundation Special Prize

Moscow, Russia
As part of the XIV “Moscow Welcomes Friends” International Music Festival.

More prize opportunities, as well as increased awards, may become possible closer to the Competition time and will be announced as soon as they are available. Please check back to see the updated prize offerings.


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