American pianist Kenny Broberg continues to build a reputation as “one of the most
intelligent and intense artists on the concert stage today” (Theater Jones) with fresh
interpretations complemented by a natural, honest stage presence. The Minneapolis
native first came to international attention when he captured the silver medal at
the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition with performances marked by “an
imaginative shaping of themes, revelation of inner voices, and an unfailing sense
of momentum” (Texas Classical Review). He followed this with a bronze medal win at
the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition, adding to previous prizes at the Hastings,
Sydney, Seattle, and New Orleans International Piano Competitions.
Kenny has performed across Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America, and worked
with such esteemed conductors as 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, Minnesota, Kansas City Symphony,
Sydney Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, and the Louisiana Philharmonic
Orchestras, among others.
Lauded for “the ability to build a strikingly imaginative and intelligent program…
[leading] his audience through a superbly conceived, brilliantly executed journey”
(Theater Jones), Kenny enjoys juxtaposing the novel and familiar, bringing light to
lesser-known works alongside classic repertoire. Recent and upcoming highlights include
his Spivey Hall debut; a tour of rural Australian communities, along with a return
to Sydney; residencies at the Mariinsky International Piano, Stars on the Baikal,
Strings, and Sunriver Music Festivals; and recitals in Yokohama, Nagoya, Moscow, New
York, and Los Angeles.
He has been featured on NPR, WQXR, APM’s Performance Today, MPR, and ABC (Australia)
radio. In 2019, Kenny appeared at the Texas Medal of Arts Awards Gala, performing
for honorees including Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Holliday; he is also a finalist
for the 2021 American Pianists Awards. Several of his performances at the 2016 Sydney
International Piano Competition were included on CDs released on the Universal Music
Australia label. His solo debut album was released in August 2017 on the Decca Gold
label, featuring one of his signature pieces, the Barber Piano Sonata, as well as
works by Bach, Schubert, Chopin, and Franck.
The first musician in his family, Kenny 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 Kansas City, Missouri, where he continues to be mentored by
2001 Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch at the International Center for Music
at Park University. Alongside his teachers, he is influenced by the recordings of
Alfred Cortot, William Kapell, and Claudio Arrau.
A hockey and baseball athlete in high school, Kenny enjoys watching and playing sports;
he’s even known to catch a livestream of a game while warming up for a performance.