SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL) – (5/17/19) From Shreveport Symphony Orchestra news release:
Internationally acclaimed pianist Kenny Broberg will return to Shreveport on Sunday, May 26, to play with the Shreveport Symphony in a 7 p.m. concert at First Baptist Church. Free and open to the public, major funding for this concert is provided by the Noel Foundation.
Shreveport Symphony Maestro Michael Butterman will host a pre-concert conversation at 6:15 p.m. in Frost Chapel, and this event is also free and open to the public.
A medalist in numerous international piano competitions – including Shreveport’s Wideman International Piano Competition and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth – Kenny Broberg has embarked on a successful career to critical acclaim.
Most recently, Kenny has been invited to compete in the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow in June. He follows in the footsteps of the late Van Cliburn, a Shreveporter who competed in the first competition in 1958 and won the gold medal. The Shreveport Symphony gave Van a ‘good luck’ concert before he departed for the Russian contest and is pleased to continue that tradition for Kenny Broberg.
At the concert, Kenny will perform on the Steinway piano given to First Baptist Church by Van Cliburn and played by him in the 1963 dedicatory recital. His program will include solo works and the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, which he will perform in Moscow
Kenny is a native of Minneapolis and is the first musician in his family. He started piano lessons at age six when he was fascinated by his mother’s upright piano – 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, Kenny still enjoys watching and playing sports, in addition to listening to jazz and reading.
Major funding for the concert has been provided by the Noel Foundation. The concert has also received support from partnerships with First Baptist Church, the Shreveport Symphony, and the Community Foundation of North Louisiana, as well as many individual donors.