Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Classical Music Concert: "ACHTUNG! OLIVER KERN bringt Beethoven nach Jakarta", 26th October 2014 @ TIM, Jakarta


 bringt Beethoven nach Jakarta

Piano Concerto No.3, Op. 37, in C minor
Choral Fantasy Op. 80, in C minor
with Gloriamus Philharmonia, Gloria Del Cantores & Jakarta Festival Chorus

Teater Besar Jakarta, Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM)
Jln. Cikini Raya No. 73 – Jakarta Pusat
Sunday, 26thOctober 2014 - 7 PM

Gold – Rp 500.000
Silver – Rp 300.000
Bronze – Rp 100.000

Further Information & Ticket Box:
Michael – 0818288006

Every year the German embassy in Indonesia works on great cultural art project. In 2011 they launched their biggest project ever in Indonesia called JERIN. The name is derived from the abbreviation of Germany and Indonesia is an interactive project that is open for all musicians.

The JERIN project was initiated in an amazing gala concert in October 2011, where 150 musicians from Germany, Indonesia and Thailand participated and was lead by one of the most renowned conductors in the world, Gudni Emilsson.

In 2012, JERIN continued to bring more quality cultural performances to Indonesia by bringing one of Germany’s most reputable pianists, OLIVER KERN in collaboration with the Indonesian violinist Iskandar Widjaja-Hadar. Studying music since the tender age of five, Oliver Kern graduated with a first class degree in piano, orchestra, and chorus conducting from Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Stuttgart under the guidance of Wan Ing Ong.

This talented pianist has won a great number of awards in international piano competitions including in Peking and Paris. Oliver Kern is also known as the first German pianist ever to win the Beethoven Award prize in Vienna in 2001. He’s much appreciated for his performances of Beethoven and Brahms music. The critics recognize his merit of possessing a technical virtuosity that isn’t an end to itself but it is oriented to a thorough research of timbre and expression. So far, his profound interpretations have led him to numerous important festivals in America, Asia and Europe.

In 2014, Kern will present his interpretations of classical music to audiences in Jakarta. The works of Ludwig van Beethoven are especially dear to him with live orchestra and big choir. He is looking forward to perform Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 37 and Choral Fantasy Op. 80 with collaboration of Gloriamus Phillharmonia (GDC), Gloria Dei Cantores, and Jakarta Festival Chorus to bring the essential soul of the greatest composer of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven to Jakarta.

Presented by PKJ-TIM (Pusat Kesenian Jakarta - Taman Ismail Marzuki) and Jongky Goei Impressario as the DKI Jakarta City Project. This collaboration would be a gesture of an international culture exchange between Germany and Indonesia.

No doubt, it’s definitely going to be a great quality concert for sure.
Don’t miss this rare concert! Get your ticket now!



"Kern let the natural beauty be effortlessly absorbed by his attentive audience.
Stylistically, he knew just to do with his scores. Kern played pure music."
- Jeff Manookian, The Salt Lake Tribune, Juni 1998

Oliver Kern is an internationally world-class renowned pianist and has won multiple awards. He was born in 1970 in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, and there he began studying piano at the age of 5. His artistic activity started when he was very young, and he stood out in the German musical scene for his brilliant results in international piano contests.

He graduated with a first-class degree in piano, orchestra conducting and chorus conducting from the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, under the guidance of Wan Ing Ong. He went on to specialize in piano with Rudolf Buchbinder and Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, at the Musik-Akademie in Basel and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

He has won a great number of awards in international piano competitions: first and second prizes in the international competitions of Senigallia, Hamamatsu, Peking and Paris.

He has drawn the attention of critics by winning two prestigious competitions: the “ARD” award (prize) in Munich, in 1999, and the “Beethoven” award (prize) in Vienna, in 2001, when he was the first German pianist to have won this award; in the latter he also received the special award for the best performance of Beethoven’s sonatas.

He is much appreciated for his performance of Beethoven’s and Brahms’ music; the critics recognise his merit of possessing a technical virtuosity that is not an end in itself, but is oriented to a thorough research of timbre and expression. His profound interpretation has led him to the realisation of rare cultural projects such as the performance of Brahms’ complete operas for piano solo in the Classic Festival Braunschweig.

“With great intensity and poetry Oliver Kern is modelling the Brahms cycle.” (Braunschweiger Zeitung)

He has performed in important festivals and in famous halls in America, Asia and Europe, and has been acclaimed by all his audiences: Musikverein and Konzerthaus Wien, Schauspielhaus Berlin, Musikhalle Hamburg, Herkulessaal Munich, Salle Gaveau Paris, Auditorium St. Cecilia Rome, Century Hall Beijing , Saitama Arts Centre Tokyo, Seoul Arts Center.

He has played with famous orchestras including the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the China National Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Berlin, Munich, Hannover and Vienna, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, Michael Stern, Lu Jia, Marc Soustrot, Gerard Oskamp and Dmitri Yablonski. 

He has recorded for the German, Austrian, French, Italian and Japanese radio and television. With the label “Realsound” he has published CD’s with solo works written by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Ravel, Schubert, Schumann, Scriabin, Stravinsky.

After having taught at the Hanyang University Seoul, College of Music, as professor for piano since 2008 Oliver Kern is teaching at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg as professor for piano and endorsed by Blüthner Piano.

Oliver Kern and Mr. Joko Widodo in Solo, 2012

Oliver Kern & Iskandar Widjaja-Hadar
Photo by Tempo

Oliver Kern in Beat Magazine 56 (Page 48-49)

Oliver Kern has ever been performed with Iskandar Widjaja-Hadar, the well-known violinist in Jakarta, Surabaya, and Solo in front of Mr. Joko Widodo in JERIN Project (The name is derived from the abbreviation of Germany and Indonesia) in 2012.


Oliver Kern and Ensemble Wien Helsinki

Oliver Kern & Iskandar Widjaja


1995 - 1st Prize at the International Piano Competition „Nueva Acrópolis“ in Madrid, Spain

1995 - 1st Prize at the International Piano Competition „Serghej Rachmaninoff“ in Morcone, Italy

1995 - 1st Prize at the International Piano Competition „Francesco Paolo Neglia“ in Enna, Italy

1996 - 1st Prize at the International Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria

1997 - 1st Prize and Chamber Music Prize at the International Piano Competition „Città di Senigallia,“ Italy

1997 - Scholarship awarded by the „Deutscher Musikwettbewerb“ in Berlin, Germany including an appearance in the „Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Künstler“

1997 - 2nd Prize at the International Piano Competition in Hamamatsu, Japan

1998 - 1st Prize at the International Piano Competition in Marsala, Italy

1999 - 1st Prize at the International Piano Competition “Mauro Paolo Monopoli” in Barletta, Italy

1999 - 2nd Prize at the International “ARD Competition” Munich, Germany (no 1st Prize)

1999 - 2nd Prize at the International Piano Competition in Beijing, China

2000 - Premier Grand Prix at the Rencontre Internationale des Jeunes Pianistes, Paris

2001 - 1st Prize and « Gonda Weiner » Prize (for the Best Performance of a Late Beethoven Sonata) at the International Beethoven Competition, Vienna, Austria