Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation’s great artists. 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 and began studying piano at the age of five. She jumpstarted her U.S. career with her historic Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas as the first woman to do so in more than thirty years. Olga returns to the Austin Symphony this week in its closing concert of the season entitled “The Mighty Russians.” With Olga playing both Tchaikovsky’s third piano concerto and Prokofiev’s first, it’s sure to be an invigorating performance!