Saturday, October 4, 2014

"Piano Masterclass with OLIVER KERN" Saturday, 25th October 2014 - 1 PM


Saturday, 25th October 2014
Start from 1 PM

Gedung GKY Music Centre
Jln. Greenville Blok C-3/1-1A
Jakarta Barat – 11510

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Active Participant – IDR 750.000/30 minutes
Passive Participant – IDR 150.000

Only for 10 active participants

Deadline registration (last date entry):
Wednesday, 22nd October 2014

Further Information:
Michael – 0818288006

Prepare any classical solo piano pieces, duration: ca. 5 minutes or less

1. Fill in the participant form (for the certificate purpose)
*please download the participant form below and send it to
2. Bring the music scores needed (for active participants only)
3. Have paid the participation fee. The fee is non-refundable.
*via bank transfer to BCA 0931 383 972  Jelia Megawati Heru
4. No video or photos are allowed during the masterclass
5. No food and drinks in the concert hall

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"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 on 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