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The Kern International Foundation

About Us

The Aspiration Foundation Inc. is a non-commercial, charitable organization established by Olga Kern, world-renown concert pianist and first prize winner and gold medalist of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and her brother Vladimir Kern, internationally known symphony orchestra conductor and winner of many international competitions and awards.

The main goal of the Aspiration Foundation is to provide financial assistance to children who possess natural gift for music.  The Foundation plans to help gifted children to develop their musical talent and ability, and to direct and oversee their artistic activities and achievements in the United States.  In particular, the Aspiration Foundation wishes to help young and talented musicians by organizing master-classes and concerts, and by providing assistance in their studies and participation in international music competitions and festivals.


The Aspiration Foundation also considers it very important to help those artists, who for various reasons and regardless their age found themselves in difficult financial circumstances.  The Aspiration Foundation wishes to support the preservation and development of cultural heritage, and to provide charitable funding to achieve this goal.  

Olga Kern

Vladimir Kern