Kenny Broberg, Piano
Kenny Broberg, who is becoming one of the most decorated and internationally renowned pianists of his generation, is lauded for his inventive, intelligent and intense performances. During his auspicious career before winning the 2021 American Pianist Awards and Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship, Kenny captured the silver medal at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and a bronze medal at the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition, as well as prizes at the Hastings, Sydney, Seattle and New Orleans International Piano Competitions.
“Broberg mastered everything he performed over the weekend, pulling a palette of moods from every register,” The Indianapolis Star writes of his performance during the Finals for American Pianists Awards. “In the ‘Dante Sonata’ from Liszt’s Years of Pilgrimage, the pianist easily captured the drama in the journey, marrying all of the energy of those emotions in the epic ending.”
The Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship provided Kenny a prize valued at $200,000 designed to assist him as he builds his musical career. It includes $50,000 in cash, two years of professional development and assistance, and performance opportunities worldwide. He will also work with students and host performances during his time on campus as the Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis.
Crediting his first exposure to classical music to his Italian grandfather’s love of the Three Tenors, Kenny began piano lessons on his family’s upright piano at age 6. During his childhood in Minneapolis, he began studying piano with Dr. Joseph Zins at Crocus Hill Studios in Saint Paul. Throughout high school, he balanced his musical lessons with playing baseball and hockey. He remains an avid fan of both the Minnesota Twins and Wild and checks their scores while on breaks during his practice.
Performing on stages and in concert halls across Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, Kenny has worked with some of the world’s most respected conductors, including Ludovic Morlot, Kent Nagano, Leonard Slatkin, Vasily Petrenko, Nicholas Milton, John Storgårds, Carlos Miguel Prieto and Stilian Kirov. He has collaborated with the Royal Philharmonic and the Minnesota, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Sydney, Seattle and Fort Worth Symphonies, among others. He has been featured on WQXR, Performance Today, Minnesota Public Radio and ABC (Australia) radio, and he presented his original composition Barcarolle on NPR in March 2021. Before embarking on his international concerts, Kenny performed in his adopted hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, for the concert “KC Celebrates Kenny Broberg” in September 2021.
As part of the American Pianist Awards, Kenny will release his first studio album on the Steinway & Sons label in late 2022.
Kenny earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 2016 at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, studying under Nancy Weems. He is currently a graduate student at Park University in Parkville, Missouri, studying with Stanislav Ioudenitch, the gold medalist at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.