A native of Minneapolis, 23-year-old pianist Kenny Broberg won the silver medal at the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for performances that showed “an imaginative shaping of themes, revelation of inner voices, and an unfailing sense of momentum” (Texas Classical Review). His debut season as a Cliburn medalist included a recital tour in Hawaii, a return to his alma mater (the University of Houston) for its annual International Piano Festival, and orchestra and recital engagements in Denver, New Orleans, West Palm Beach and other cities across the United States. In Europe, Broberg appeared with the Rye Arts Festival and Hastings Philharmonic in the United Kingdom, and in recital in Italy. His debut solo album was released by Decca Gold in August 2017 as part of his competition prizes.
Also a prizewinner of the Hastings, Sydney, Seattle and New Orleans International Piano Competitions, Broberg has previously performed as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Dallas Chamber, Fort Worth Symphony and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestras, among others, working with conductors Ludovic Morlot, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Leonard Slatkin, Nichola Milton and Nicholas McGegan. His solo, chamber and concerto performances have been broadcast on NPR and ABC (Australia) radio, and several of his performances at the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition were included on CDs released on the Universal Music Australia label.
The first musician in his family, Broberg started piano lessons at age 6 when he was first fascinated by his mother’s upright—a wedding gift from her parents. He studied for nine years with Dr. Joseph Zins before entering the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree with Nancy Weems in 2016. He currently resides in Parkville, Missouri, under the guidance of 2001 Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park University. A hockey and baseball athlete in high school, he still enjoys watching and playing sports in addition to listening to jazz and reading.
The Cliburn advances classical piano music throughout the world. Its international competitions, education programs and concert series embody an enduring commitment to artistic excellence and the discovery of new artists. Established in 1962, the quadrennial Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely recognized as “the most prestigious classical music contest in the world” (The Chicago Tribune).