Steinway Artist Kevin Kern Announces West Coast Concert Tour

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Legally blind, pianist and composer Kevin Kern, known for his cinematic melodies begins his “Pictures from the Piano” Tour in June. Performances to be held in Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona in advance of his first tour of China in September.

"Pictures from the Piano" West Coast Tour - June 2013

West Coast Tour - June 2013

I’ve always enjoyed drawing people into my world by painting musical pictures for them. Pictures that have become an essential part of my creative process.

Steinway Artist and composer Kevin Kern will embark on a multi-city concert tour of the West Coast beginning in June. Kern, whose previous performances have drawn enthusiastic fans to sold-out venues will begin his “Pictures from the Piano” tour in Portland, OR at The Recital Hall at Classic Pianos. From there, the tour will continue on to Seattle, Florence (OR), San Diego, Pasadena (CA), Phoenix and Sedona (AZ). Kern will then continue the tour with a first visit to China in September with performances in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

A native of Detroit, Kevin Kern began playing the piano at the tender age of eighteen months. Born legally blind, Kern found a glimmer of clarity in the piano and learned to see the world through music. “Growing up with impaired vision allowed me to develop a greater appreciation for the sound of the world around me,” Kern said. “I’ve always enjoyed drawing people into my world by painting musical pictures for them. Those pictures have become an essential part of my creative process, whether composing, recording or performing live. Add to that a world class piano, like the Steinway, and those pictures come to life.”

The influences of lifelong friend and mentor, jazz great George Shearing, and Detroit Symphony Pianist Mischa Kottler helped Kern to develop an early love of improvisation and an appreciation for the beautiful sound a piano could produce. He continued his education at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he studied with Jaki Byard and fellow Steinway Artist, Fred Hersch.

Six Billboard® charting releases have established Kern as one of the New Age genre’s most successful composers and performers. A growing list of international film and TV credits has also helped him to garner a worldwide following. His music has been featured in programs in the United States as diverse as Oprah, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Late Show with David Letterman and NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered”. His international film and television credits include notable contributions to the score of the highly successful Korean dramas "Autumn in my Heart" and “Kuk Hee” as well as popular commercials for Mitsubishi SAVRIN (Taiwan) and Caffe Latte (Korea) among others.

Kevin Kern’s concert tours have taken him throughout the United States, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan. Recent highlights include touring with "Britain’s Got Talent" winner, Paul Potts and a special performance for the G20 Summit in Seoul in 2010.

US West Coast Tour - June 2013
Portland, OR
The Recital Hall at Classic Pianos Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 7:30pm

Seattle, WA
Sherman Clay Recital Hall Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 7:00pm

Florence, OR
Sandpines West
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 7:00pm Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 7:00pm

San Diego, CA
The Recital Hall at SoCal Pianos Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 7:00pm

Pasadena, CA
Steinway Gallery Recital Hall Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 7:00pm

Phoenix, AZ
Steinway Showroom Recital Hall Friday, June 28, 2013 - 7:00pm

Sedona, AZ
Piano Haven Studio
Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 7:00pm

Creative Life Center
Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 7:00pm

For more information on Kevin Kern’s US West Coast Tour and China Tour, please visit,


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