Vladimir Kern is a pianist, trumpet player, and conductor. He was born into a family of musicians.
At the age of six, Vladimir had already given his first public concert with an orchestra. He is the winner of the international charitable program “New Names,” and at the age of 13, he became principal trumpet of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra as the youngest musician in its history to achieve this position.
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 opera-symphony conducting. He finished a postgraduate conducting program with legendary Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky.
As a conductor, Kern’s debut took place in 1999 at the Moscow Conservatory with the ensemble “Exelente.” During his conservatory student years, he was a guest conductor of the Ryazan Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia) and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra (South Africa), and he performed with many different orchestras all over the world as trumpet soloist.
Vladimir performed with such orchestras as the Russian National Orchestra, the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, and the State Chamber Orchestra of Russia.
He performed with great soloists such as Vladimir Krainev, Arthur Moreira Lima, Konstantin Orbelian, Robertino Loretti, Olga Kern, among many others.
In 2005, in cooperation with his sister Olga Kern, he conducted all four Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg (South Africa).
In 2006, he was invited to be the music director at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts. He worked with the legendary Russian theater director Roman Viktyuk, where Vladimir performed productions of Fevei by Russian Baroque composer Vasily Pashkevich, 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, Vladimir made his United States conducting debut at New York’s Yamaha Concert Hall on Fifth Avenue.
Vladimir also collaborated with the legendary Russian rock group “Revival” in 2006 and conducted concerts with them and the symphony orchestra in Moscow stadium “Luzhniki” and in St. Petersburg stadium “October.”
In 2007, Vladimir conducted the world premiere of Revolution Square by American composer Nathan Scalzone in Durban (South Africa), a concert for piano 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.
He worked in the State Music Academy in Moscow, where he was professor of music, conducting, trumpet, and orchestra classes. He was head of the department of the orchestra, the opera, and the symphony orchestra. He has performed as an opera conductor for works such as Eugene Onegin, Iolanta by Tchaikovsky, Cinderella by Massenet, and Cavalleria rusticana by Mascagni.
Vladimir has given many master classes all over Russia. He is actively supporting modern Russian and international music and performs it often on many different stages all over the world.
He is involved with the Vladimir Spivakov’s charitable foundation and also, since 2011, in collaboration with his sister Olga Kern, he founded the “Aspiration Foundation,” which helps and supports young talented musicians all over the world.
In 2016, Vladimir was a member of the jury and conducted the New Mexico Philharmonic during the final round of the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition.
From 2016–2018, Vladimir was professor at Tianjin Normal University (China). He taught piano, symphony orchestra conducting, and chorus conducting. He was also the consultant at the Tianjin Conservatory for chamber ensemble classes. He was a member of the jury at the Ference Liszt Piano Competition in Tianjin (2018) and the Second International Music Competition in Serpukhov (Russia). He gave masterclasses in Tianjin, Xiamen, and Inchen.
He currently holds a position as the vice-director and conductor at the Art Music School under the name of Alexander Scriabin in Moscow, Russia.
Vladimir Kern will serve as a jury member for the Olga Kern International Piano Competition.