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Olga Kern, Artistic Director & President of the Jury

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Olga Kern Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation’s great pianists. With her vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship, and extraordinary technique, the striking pianist continues to captivate fans and critics alike. Olga Kern was born into a family of musicians with direct links to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff

Marian Tanau, Executive Director


Marian Tanau Marian Tanau is currently the Executive Director of the New Mexico Philharmonic.  He was appointed to the position in 2011, and the NMPhil is currently in its fifth successful season under his leadership.  He is also the founder and president of the American Romanian Festival, Inc., a nonprofit organization

Maureen Baca, Board President

Maureen Baca Maureen Baca is the President of the Board of the New Mexico Philharmonic. Maureen Baca is a committed lover of classical music. A resident of Albuquerque since childhood, she grew up with the orchestras of the community. Since completing her Master’s degree at UNM, she has staffed and managed

Roland Z. Gerencer, MD, Vice President

Roland Z. Gerencer, MD Dr. Gerencer is a classically trained pianist and graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. Roland Z. Gerencer, MD, is an Otolaryngologist Head & Neck Surgeon in private practice at Breathe America, Inc. in Albuquerque who has served the New Mexico community since 1999. Originally from British Columbia,

Thomas Bird, Secretary/Treasurer

Thomas Bird Tom Bird is an attorney at the firm of Keleher & McLeod, where he has practiced primarily appellate law for 33 years. He is an Albuquerque native. His family came to Albuquerque in 1963, when his father, an Air Force officer, was stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base. He