2019 Olga Kern International Piano Competition Awards & Prizes

The 2019 Olga Kern International Piano Competition awards include more than $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 2019 Olga Kern International Piano Competition will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, from October 27 – November 3, 2019.  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 2019 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 2021 including:

Recital at Steinway Hall
New York City, NY, U.S.A.
Presented by Steinway & Sons

Recital Recital in Moscow
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
Presented by 2020 International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A.

Recital at Lied Center of Kansas
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, U.S.A.

Recital in Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas, U.S.A.

Recital at Rising Star Series of Portland Piano International / SOLO
Portland Oregon, U.S.A.

Recital as part of the Virginia Arts Festival
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A.

Concerto with the New Mexico Philharmonic
Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.
Presented by the New Mexico Philharmonic

Concerto with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra 
Johannesburg, South Africa
Presented by Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra

Concerto with Durban KZN Philharmonic
Durban, South Africa
Presented by Durban KZN Philharmonic

Concerto with the Filarmonica Banatul
Timișoara, Romania
Presented by Filarmonica Banatul

Concerto with the San Antonio Symphony
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
Presented by San Antonio Symphony

Concerto with Pacific Symphony
Costa Mesa, California, U.S.A.
Presented by Pacific Symphony

Music Mondays
Presented by Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning



Second Prize


Third Prize


Fourth Prize


Best Contemporary Piece Prize


Audience Award


Aspiration Special Prize


Semifinalist Honorable Mention


Vladimir Spivakov Charitable Foundation Special Prize

Recital as part of the XIV “Moscow Welcomes Friends” International Music Festival
Moscow, Russia

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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