Vladimir Kern is a bright conductor with brilliant technique and artistic charisma. Kern is also a pianist, trumpet player, teacher, and composer.
He was born into a family of musicians in Moscow, Russia, and at the age of six, he had already given his first public concert with an orchestra. Vladimir is the winner of the international charitable program “New Names,” and for the first time in the history of the Bolshoi Theatre, he became a trumpet soloist with the Bolshoi Orchestra at the age of thirteen. He studied at the Gnessin School of Music in Moscow, and then at the Moscow Conservatory. Kern has two Master’s degree diplomas – one in trumpet and one in conducting. He studied and finished a postgraduate program with legendary Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky.
The conductor’s debut took place in 1999 at the Moscow Conservatory with the ensemble “Excelente.” In his conservatory student years, he was a guest conductor of the Ryazan Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (South Africa), and performed with many different orchestras all over the world as principal trumpet, including The State Chamber Orchestra of Russia.
He performed with such orchestras as the Russian National Orchestra, The Bolshoi Theatre, and the Moscow Conservatory Symphony. He performed with great success in Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Brazil, USA, and in many cities in the Russian Federation. He has performed with such soloists as Vladimir Krainev, Arthur Moreira Lima, Olga Kern, Robertino Loreti, among many others.
In 2005, in cooperation with the winner of the First International Rachmaninoff Competition (Moscow, Russia) and the first prize and gold medal winner of the 11th Van Cliburn International piano competition (Fort Worth, TX, USA), Olga Kern, he conducted all four Rachmaninoff Piano Concerti and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg, South Africa.
In 2006, he was invited to be the head of the famous theatre, directed by Roman Viktyuk, where he performed productions of Fevei by Russian Baroque composer Vasily Pashkevich, Who is a brother, who is a sister by Alexey Verstovsky, Il tabarro and Suor Angelica by Puccini, The Spanish Hour by Ravel, and The Human Voice by Poulenc. Vladimir has also written music to a play for a theatre production entitled Vasily Kariotsky.
He has participated in many prestigious festivals including “The Moscow Autumn” in Moscow, Russia. In 2006, he made his United States debut conducting at Yamaha Hall on New York’s 5th Avenue.
Vladimir also collaborated with the legendary Russian rock group “Revival” in 2006 and gave concerts with them in Moscow stadium “Luzhniki” and in St. Petersburg stadium “October.”
In 2007, he conducted the world premiere of Revolution Square by American composer Nathan Scalzone in Durban, South Africa, a concert for two pianos and orchestra by David Earl in Cape Town, South Africa, and recently performed the world premiere of Russian composer Boris Frankshtein’s Memoirs of the Fifth Point for soprano, baritone and symphony orchestra.
In 2010, Vladimir won the Grand Prix at the international competition “New Generation” in Russia.
Currently, he is a professor at the Music Academy under the name of Maimonides in Moscow, Russia, where he teaches conducting, trumpet, and orchestra classes. He is head of the department of orchestra, opera, and symphony conducting. He also has given many masterclasses all over Russia, including the Music Institute under the name of Ippolitov-Ivanov in Moscow.
Vladimir has performed many times with his orchestra in many prestigious concerts halls, including Svetlanovsky Music Hall in Moscow. As an opera conductor, he performed such operas as Eugene Onegin and Iolanta by Tchaikovsky, Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni, and The Dawns Here are Quiet by contemporary Soviet composer Kirill Molchanov.
He supports and is a very active advocate of modern Russian and international music and performs it often in many different stages all over the world.
He is involved with the Vladimir Spivakov charitable foundation and also, since 2012, in collaboration with Olga Kern, he founded the non-profit foundation “Aspiration,” which helps and supports young, talented musicians all over the world.
Vladimir lives in Moscow, with his two kids and family.
Vladimir Kern will serve as the conductor for the Finalists’ Concert of The Olga Kern International Piano Competition