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People, Partners, Sponsors & Grants

The Olga Kern International Piano Competition would like to thank the following for their support and in-kind donations of volunteer time, partnerships, expertise, services, products, and equipment.

Thank You for Your Generous Support

Expertise, services, and equipment.

City of Albuquerque
Mayor Richard J. Berry
Trudy Jones & the Albuquerque City Council
Dana Feldman & the Albuquerque Cultural Services Department

Businesses & Individuals
Mancle Anderson, New Mexico Philharmonic
Lee Blaugrund & Tanager Properties Management
Alexander Boggs, piano tuning
Vivian Chiu, Steinway & Sons
Alexis Corbin, New Mexico Philharmonic
Sandra Doan, Director of Artistic Planning, Cliburn Competition
Rosemary Fessinger, Albuquerque Public Schools
John Gilbert, Photography
Matt Herman, 8VA Music Consultancy
Rick & Justin Holcomb, Justin Holcomb Pianos
Gregory Isaac, Theatre Jones
Vladislav Kern
Dr. Janet Landreth, Colorado State University
Ron Losby, CEO, Steinway & Sons
Jacques Marquis, President and CEO, Cliburn Competition
Jackie McGehee, Music Guild of New Mexico
Dr. Antonio Mormone, Fondazione La Società dei Concerti, Italy
Dorothy Morse, Adobe & Roses Bed & Breakfast
Tim Nenninger, Timbojo Productions
Lori Newman, editing
Joan Olkowski, graphic design
Alexander Onieal, New Mexico Philharmonic
Patricia Price, 8VA Music Consultancy
Chris Rancier, New Mexico Philharmonic
David Rivera, National Hispanic Cultural Center
Prof. Falko Steinbach, UNM Department of Music, Piano Department
Ekaterina Shirman & Peter Gulko, Victor Spivakov Charitable Foundation
Brent Stevens, KHFM
Fred Sturm, piano tuning
Hannah Tanau, graphic design
Bongani Tembe, KZN Philharmonic Orchestra & Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Mikal Thompson, Keller Hall Manager
Tatiana Vetrinskaya, Director, New Mexico School of Music
Joseph Wasson, National Hispanic Cultural Center

Host Families

We are very grateful to our host families for opening up their homes.

Dave Baca
Joel & Sandra Baca
Mark & Wendy Baca
Maureen & Stephen Baca
Patrick & Diane Barney
Tim & Patsy Beck
Jake Chavez
Mary Conrad
Charles & Eugenia Eberle
Dr. Frederick & Elaine Fiber
Robert Gough
Karl & Wendy Gustafson
Alice Hannon & Eiichi Fukushima
Sue Hobart & Robert Khanlian
Mark Kilburn & Margaret Harvey
Bob & Susan McGuire
Liz & Don McGuire
Ron & Mary Moya
Carol L. Ritter
Mary Ross & Bill Gentry
John & Janet Rupley
Thomas Seamon
Brahna & Janusz Willczynski
Lei Yang & Ying Ding
Carol F. Zulauf


Joe Bentley
Alina Cardona
Beth Chambers
Mark Compton
Petra Dawson
Jackie Ericksen
Robert Gough
John Halliday
Robert Hawkins
Janet Heindel
Anthony Landry
Anne McKinney
Ina Miller
John Mims
Mary Mims
Edward Naimark
Geri Newton
Nancy Pressley-Naimark
Diane Werner
Bronwyn Willis
Claudia Witzling
Suer Wright


Laurel Level

DONATION OF $25,000–$49,999

City of Albuquerque
Noémi & Michael Neidorff
Steinway & Sons

Olga’s Circle

DONATION OF $10,000-$24,999

Lee Blaugrund
Eugenia & Charles Eberle

Platinum Level

DONATION OF $5,000-$9,999

Mark & Margaret Carson
Keiko & Steven Kaplan, in honor of Olga Kern
Craig & Robin Kelly
Roland Gerencer
The Michaels Foundation
Dr. Thomas & Joanne
Parker III

Gold Level

DONATION OF $2,500–$4,999

The Computing Center Inc.,
Maureen & Stephen Baca
Dr. Dean Yannias

Silver Level

DONATION OF $1,000-$2,499

David & Mary Colton
The Griffin Family
Carol Lee Klose & Carolyn
A. Seale Trust for Women in the Arts, in honor of Olga Kern
Paul & Judith Matteucci
Robert Milne & Ann DeHart
Cynthia Phillips & Thomas Martin
Marian & Jennifer Tanau
Brooke Tully & Thomas Bird
Dr. & Mrs. Albert Westwood

Bronze Level

DONATION OF $500-$999

Sheila Barnes
Joe Bentley
Gay & Stan Betzer
Igor Brukner
Daniel & Brigid Conklin
Robert J. & Greta Dean
Thomas Dyble
Grund Family
Mrs. Chester Kite
Henry & Judith Lackner
David Machac
Jackie & Everett McGehee
Mr. & Mrs. Robert McGuire
Igor Penka
S. Scott & Virginia “Toots” Obenshain
James O’Niell
Joyce & Pierce Ostrander
Dr. & Mrs. Matt Poage

Friends of the Competition Level

DONATION OF $10-$499

Jo Anne Altrichter & Robin Tawney
Julie Amsden
Robert & Marilyn Antinone
Veronika Arkhangel
Edie Beck
Hugh & Margaret Bell
Marilyn Thomas Bernard
Denise Bissell
Genelia Boenig
Julia Bowdich
Carolyn Rose Brown
Bill Byers
Clarke Cagle
Thomas Cagle
Carolyn Callaway
Camille Carstens
Maureen Carusona
Linda Chavez
Jane & Kenneth Cole
David & Mary Colton
Martha Cook
Ralph Cover
Bill Donald
Carl & Joanne Donsbach
Patricia & Leonard Duda
Thomas Dyble
Jay Ven Eman
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Fidel
Robert & Diane Fleming
Terrill Fox
Frabutt Flute Studio
Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence A. Fricke
Marilyn & Paul Frye
David & Tanner Gay
Keith Gilbert
Sam & Mary Goldman
Lorraine B. Gordon
Jean & Bob Gough
Justin M. & Blanche G. Griffin
Lauro Guaderrama
Regina Guest
Ron & Nancy Halbgewachs
Robert Haney
Dr. Jo Ellen Head
Timothy Howard
Mr. Robert Jones
John & Julie Kaltenbach
Clayton Karkosh
Joyce S. Kaser
Judy Kauffman
Thomas & Greta Keleher
Robert & Toni Kingsley
Frances Salman Koenig
Ron Lahti
Dianna Lennon, Art of Russia Gallery
Dr. & Mrs. Michael Livner
Richard & Myra Lynch
Tyler M. Mason
Susan McLendon
Donna McRae Voice Studio
Letitia Morris
Shirley Morrison & Cornelis Klein
Edward & Nancy Naimark
Dr. Michael & Patsy Nelson
Mr. & Mrs. Dick Neuman
George Novotny
Gary Overture
Charles & Susan Palmer
Oswaldo & Victoria Pereira
John Provine
Matthew Puariea
Ray Reeder
Stephen Ridlon
Jacquelyn Robins
Dr. Estell H. Rosenblum
Robert Sabatini
Pamela & Richard Salmon
Howard & Marian Schreyer
Marcia Schiff
Drs. John & Dianna Shomaker
Kirk Smith
Maryellen Smith
Susan M. Spaven
Jasmine Lee Steadman
Patricia & Luis Stelzner
Jane & Doug Swift
Suzanne Taichert
Donald Thompson
Sue A. Thompson
Betty Tichich & Fred Bunch
Carolyn Tinker
Laurence B. Titman
Eberhard H. Uhlenhuth
Tatiana Vetrinskaya, New
Mexico School of Music
Mary Sue Warner
Barbara & Eugene Wasylenki
Maurcena Wells
Jeffrey West
Kay West
Joseph & Merida Wexler
Roland & Wendy Wiele
Jane & Scott Wilkinson
Bill & Sharon Williams
James Wood
Marc Yellin
Olga Zoria

Updated October 28, 2016

Steinway & Sons

Steinway & Sons is the official piano of the Olga Kern International Piano Competition.

Steinway is dedicated to making the finest pianos in the world. Founded in 1853 by Henry Engelhard Steinway in a Manhattan loft, Henry and his sons developed the modern piano. They built their pianos one at a time, applying skills that were handed down from master to apprentice, generation after generation. The result is instruments renowned for their unsurpassed quality. Pianos with such superior sound and responsive touch that they enchant the most demanding pianists.

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Alink-Argerich Foundation

Olga Kern International Piano Competition is a member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation.

Alink-Argerich Foundation (AAF) offers the most complete details on music competitions ever compiled. The AAF shares information, assistance and advice to musicians and competition organizers. The Foundation maintains a unique collection of competition related materials such as application brochures with the rules and conditions of music competitions and competition program books. It is in this respect that AAF tries to make a difference, to help and assist, by offering clear and useful information.

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City of Albuquerque

The City of Albuquerque is a partner with the Olga Kern International Piano Competition. 

The City of Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Department is one of the most innovative and creative in the country.  Albuquerque deeply values the arts and through its leadership, fosters creativity over a wide range of programs and events throughout the cultural arena.  Among the initiatives started by the city is the Public Art Urban Enhancement Program.  One of the oldest programs in the country, it aspires to “enhance our community through exceptional public art by embracing a transparent process that reflects the diversity and interests of Albuquerque.”  In addition, Albuquerque promotes inspiring programs for children that are present in prestigious venues such as: the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, Albuquerque’s premier air and space museum; the iconic KiMo Theatre, offering a unique venue for quality entertainment in downtown Albuquerque; the South Broadway Cultural Center, touted as “an architectural and artistic jewel,” it features a theater, art gallery, and library; and Explora, Albuquerque’s most interactive children’s museum.  The city also supports the wonderful Youth Concerts by the New Mexico Philharmonic that are performed each year for thousands of 4th and 5th graders at Popejoy Hall.

We are honored to have the City of Albuquerque offer their support in partnership with the Olga Kern International Piano Competition to bring Albuquerque and New Mexico the first ever international music competition.


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New Mexico Philharmonic

The New Mexico Philharmonic is a partner with Olga Kern International Piano Competition. 

The New Mexico Philharmonic enriches the lives of New Mexicans through musical excellence, educational opportunities, and community engagement. Their values include excellence in all practices, responsibility in all actions, and service to their communities—centered around both musicians and patrons.

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New Mexico Philharmonic

95.5 KHFM

KHFM broadcasts Classical Music to Central and Northern New Mexico 24 hour a day.

Clasical 95.5 KHFM is the only 24-hour Classical Station for Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and portions of northern and north central New Mexico. Local programming 24 hours a day. The station also broadcast The Metropolitan Opera Saturdays December-May and the WFMT Opera May-December. On the radio: 95.5 KHFM.

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Computing Center Inc.

The Computing Center Inc. is a New Mexico corporation established in 1982 to serve the computing needs of a rapidly expanding PC based work environment.

From their beginning of delivering training, software development and individualized support we began providing organizational development and improvement services in 1995.

Based on their expertise in software and engineering knowledge and tools, in-depth project management and technical solutions in the National Laboratory environment and the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, they offer a comprehensive suite of services to support performance excellence. Their outstanding professional and technical staff create high quality products and world class services for clients.

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Music Guild of New Mexico

For the love of music, the Music Guild of New Mexico supports, promotes, and encourages nonprofit musical organizations that will educate, enhance, engage, and enrich the quality of our New Mexico community.

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Crown Plaza Hotel Albuquerque

1901 University Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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Scalo Northern Italian Grill

At Scalo, they believe in giving back.

Join them for good food, special wine and food tastings, and to share with company.

3500 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

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Aspiration Foundation

The Kern Foundation “Aspiration”

The Charitable Foundation Aspiration plans to help young and talented musicians by organizing master-classes, concerts, tours and exhibitions as well as assisting them in participating in Russian and International competitions and festivals.

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Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation

The Spivakov Foundation was founded in May 1994 as a non-commercial organization. The principal goals of the Spivakov Foundation’s activities are: to assist young people gifted in music and arts in the development of their talents and in the organization of their creative process in Russia and abroad; to preserve and develop cultural values and traditions and to provide comprehensive charity support.

The Foundation helps young talented musicians, dancers, painters and authors, organizing for them master classes, concerts, tours and exhibitions. Pupils of the foundation participate in national and international competitions and festivals.

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National Hispanic Cultural Center

Spanning three stages, the NHCC’s Performing Arts Program brings international, national and local artists to perform everything from contemporary to traditional music, dance and theatre. 

National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th Street SW
Albuquerque, 87102

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