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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.

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

The City of Albuquerque

  • Mayor Tim Keller
  • Trudy Jones & the Albuquerque
  • City Council
  • Dr. Shelle Sanchez & the Albuquerque Cultural Services Department

Businesses & Individuals

  • Lee Blaugrund
  • Vivian Chiu, Steinway & Sons Co.
  • The Clyde Hotel
  • Alexis Corbin, KHFM
  • Rick Holcomb, Pianos
  • Immanuel Presbyterian Church
  • Jeff Kramer, KHFM
  • Jim Long, CEO, Heritage Hotels
  • Suzie Lubar, President Heritage Hotels Real Estate Company
  • Lori Newman, editing
  • Joan Olkowski, graphic design
  • Christine Rancier, New Mexico Philharmonic
  • Crystal Reiter, New Mexico Philharmonic
  • Ben Steiner, CEO Steinway & Sons Co.
  • Brent Stevens, KHFM

Host Families

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

  • Ron Bronitsky & Jim Porcher
  • Dennis & Kathie Chavez
  • Lloyd Colson
  • Mary Conrad & Bill Wallace
  • Emily Cornelius
  • Thomas & Martha Domme
  • Monika & Robert Ghattas
  • Bartlett Graham & Isabel Bucher
  • Sarah Mathey
  • Bob & Susan McGuire
  • Ron & Mary Moya
  • Dr. Ed Rose & Suzan Milhoun


  • Mike Beerman
  • Dianne Cress
  • Jackie Ericksen
  • Helen Feinberg
  • Robert Gough
  • Elene Gusch
  • Geri Newton
  • Bronwyn Willis



Benefactor Level


Lee Blaugrund

City of Albuquerque


Laurel Level 


Eugenia & Charles Eberle

Noémi Neidorff


Olga’s Circle 


Roland Gerencer


Platinum Level 


Cynthia Phillips & Thomas Martin

Dr. Dean Yannias


Gold Level


Olga Kern

Christine Kilroy


Silver Level


Maureen & Stephen Baca

Thomas Bird

Carson-Pfafflin Family Foundation

Bob & Greta Dean

Firestone Family Foundation

Art Gardenswartz & Sonya Priestly

David Gay

Jonathan  & Ellin Hewes

Robert Milne & Ann DeHart

Scott Obenshain

John Provine

Timothy & Barbara Roels

Edward Rose

Barbara Servis

Terri Sloan

Marian & Jennifer Tanau

Jay Van Eman


Bronze Level


Joe Bentley

Mark & Susan Conradi

Jean & Bob Gough

Lauro Guaderrama

Linda S. Marshall

James O’Niell & Ellen Bayard

Gary & Carol Overturf

Matt & Denise Poage

Alex Soldier

Laurence Wells

Jeffrey West

Trudy White


Competition Level


Janet Arrott

Edie Beck

David & Judith Bennehum

Barry Berkson

Richard & Iris Brackett

Mary Letty Buchholz

Ann Carson

Camille Carstens

Robert & Olinda Chavez

Jane & Kenneth Cole

Marcia Congdon

Philip & Christine Custer

Michael Dexter

John & Helene Dickel

Thomas & Martha Domme

Carl & Joanne Donsbach

Leonard & Patricia Duda

Thomas Dyble

Helen Feinberg

Evelyn Feltner

Joseph Freedman

Lawrence & Mary Fricke

John A. Garcia

Jack &  Lorraine Gordon

Justin M. & Blanche G. Griffin

Stephen Hamm

Carol Hewitt

Nancy Hill

Suzanne Howard

Bryan “Lance” & Debrah Hurt

J & M Charitable Fund

Gwenellen Janov

Joyce S. Kaser

Thomas & Greta Keleher

Robert & Toni Kingsley

William & Norma Lock

Richard & Myra Lynch

Douglas Mapel

Tyler M. Mason

William Moffatt

Doris Moore

Letitia Morris

Edward & Nancy Naimark

Dick & Sharon Neuman

Rebecca Okun

Marta Parnall

Karla Puariea

Matthew Puariea

Ray Reeder

Matthew Roberts

Sofya Rubinchik

Howard & Marian Schreyer

Rae Lee Siporin

Lillian A. Snyder

Linda Srote

Maria & Mark Stevens

Golda Tatz

Bruce Thomson & Phyllis Taylor

Laurence B. Titman 

Tureck International Bach Competition, Inc.


Followers of the Competition Level


Joe Alcorn & Sylvia Wittels

Jo Anne Altrichter & Robin Tawney

Shirley M. Anderson

Allen & Ruth Archambault

Graham Bartlett

Charleen Bishop

Tomas & Karin Butchart

Jeffrey Edgar

Jacqueline Ericksen

Martin & Ursula Frick

Pamela Gordon

Teresa M. Grunewald

Franklin Hardesty

Marilyn Hartig

Gerald Kiuttu

Carol N. Lovato

Suzanne Lubar

Robert Malseed

Reginald McLemore

Donna McRae 

David & Marilyn Novat

Marian & Richard Nygren

Paul Oostenbrug

Russell & Elizabeth Raskob

Carol Raymond

Judith Reynolds

Suzanne Taichert

John Tischhauser

Anthony Vigil

Sybil Wertheim

Joseph & Merida Wexler

Janislee Wiese

William & Sharon Williams

Bronwyn Willis

Ken Wright

Updated October 2022

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.

About Steinway & Sons


Master to apprentice, generation after generation, every Steinway is built with experience decades in the making — by artisans who take pride and time to humanize a piano still made by hand, who strive for and achieve continuous innovation and improvement. Every Steinway & Sons grand and upright is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and a consummate work of art. Each Steinway, consisting of more than 12,000 individual parts, has its own musical character and is as unique as the individual who plays it.

Pure artistic expression has the power to touch, move and transform, and the Steinway exists to remove all barriers between the listener and the pure, uncompromised expression of the artist.


The very first Steinway & Sons patent was granted in 1857, and since that time the company has been granted more than 125 additional patents, positioning the Steinway as the piano by which all others are judged.


Steinway & Sons was founded in 1853 by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway in a Manhattan loft on Varick Street. Over the next thirty years, Henry and his sons developed the modern piano. They built their instruments one at a time, applying skills that have been handed down from master to apprentice, generation after generation, ever since. The Steinway became the choice for ninety-eight percent of concertizing artists, none of whom are compensated to endorse the instrument. The Steinway earned a reputation as an investment for the owner in the legacy of future generations.


To call a genuine grand or upright of Steinway & Sons one’s own is an overwhelming feeling. Far more than just an exquisite instrument, it is an instrument of the highest expression and creativity. A Steinway intimately connects artist and listener, and invites its owner to join a tradition of musical perfection, making it an invaluable investment.

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“‘Incredible, what this piano can do! To sit and hear myself — without playing. The contrast is amazing; it’s a real performance.”

World Federation of Music Competitions

Olga Kern International Piano Competition is honored and privileged to have been recently chosen to be a part of the prestigious World Federation of International Music Competitions!

Founded in 1957, the World Federation of International Music Competitions is a global network of internationally recognized organizations dedicated to identifying the most promising young talents in music. While providing a forum for dialogue and exchanges between its members, WFIMC provides guidelines, aiming for artistic excellence, integrity and fairness, and thus sets a globally recognized standard.
The federation is currently comprised of over 110 international music competitions and other institutions serving young musicians on their path to an international career. The Federation is a member of the International Music Council of UNESCO in Paris. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the Federation is supported by the Department of Social Cohesion of the Canton of Geneva.


The WFIMC brings together the world´s most important music competitions, striving for artistic excellence, authenticity, fairness, and equality to support young artists on the path to their international careers.

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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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Alink-Argerich Foundation

Heritage Hotels & Resorts

Heritage Hotels & Resorts is a partner with the Olga Kern International Piano Competition. 

“Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc. offers guests an authentic Southwestern experience in New Mexico’s best tourist destinations. Each of our hotels and resorts in New Mexico celebrates the rich, multi-cultural heritage of the Southwestern United States, drawing from our unique blend of Native American, Mexican, Spanish and American Western cultural and historical influences.”

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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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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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