2017 Keyboard Festival Guest Artists
Kenny Broberg, 2014 Bronze Medalist
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 2017–2018 debut season as Cliburn medalist will include a recital tour in Hawaii, a return to his alma mater, the University of Houston, for its annual Texas Music Festival, and orchestra and recital engagements in Denver, New Orleans, West Palm Beach, and other cities across the United States. In Europe, Mr. Broberg appears with the Rye Arts Festival and Hastings Philharmonic in the United Kingdom, and in recital in Italy. His debut solo album will be released by Decca Gold in August, as part of his Competition prizes.
Also a prizewinner of the Hastings, Sydney, Seattle, and New Orleans International Piano Competitions, Mr. Broberg has previously performed as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, Minnesota, 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, Mr. 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.
Guest Artist Recital - Friday, July 28, 7:30 PM
Prelude, Fugue, et Variation, Op.18 Cesar Franck/Harold Bauer
Toccata in C minor, BWV 911 J.S. Bach
Piano Sonata, Op.26 Samuel Barber
Sonata in B minor Franz Liszt
Re Zhang, 2016 Silver Medalist
Re Zhang, originally from Beijing, China is currently a student at the Peabody Conservatory studying with Professor Boris Slutsky. She finished her Master’s degree at The Juilliard School studying under Stephen Hough and Matti Raekallio. Re previously graduated from Oberlin Conservatory with Honors in piano performance, where she studied with Robert Shannon. Re began studying piano when she was five years old and first performed on the stage at the age of six. In 2000, Re took part in the Sixth Piano Open Competition of YMCA-YWCA, and was awarded the first prize. In 2004, she enrolled in the music middle school attached to The Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, gaining admittance with the top score on the entrance exam that year. In January of 2006, she was awarded the Silver Prize in the 7th International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia. That October, she took part in the International Piano Competition for Young Musicians in Holland and was awarded the 3rd Prize. In 2010, she won the statewide scholarship from the Tuesday Musical Scholarship Auditions. In 2011, she won the Rudolf Serkin Scholarship. In 2012, she won Oberlin Conservatory's John Elvin Prize - awarded to a student judged by the piano department to be the most talented in the junior class. Later that year, in April, she went on to win The Arthur Dann Piano Competition. In 2016, she won the Silver Prize in the New Orleans International Piano Competition.
Guest Artist Recital, Saturday, July 29, 7:30 PM
Etudes-tableaux, Op.33 Sergei Rachmaninoff
1. Allegro non troppo (F minor)
2. Allegro (C Major)
3. Grave (C minor)
4. Moderato (D minor)
5. Non Allegro - Presto (E-flat minor)
6. Allegro con fuoco (E-flat Major)
7. Moderato (G minor)
8. Grave (C-sharp minor)
Sonata in B-flat-Major, No.29, Op.106 "Hammerklavier" Ludwig van Beethoven
II. Scherzo: Assai vivace
III. Adagio sostenuto
IV. Introduzione: Largo - Fuga: Allegro risoluto
Konstantin Soukhovetski, 2007 Gold Medalist
Konstantin Soukhovetski is rapidly earning a reputation as a "young pianist who captivates" with his "distinctive lyricism", "immaculate technique" and "vigor...refinement...and drama."
Following the premiere of his transcription of R. Strauss' Four Last Songs at L'Esprit du Piano Festival in Bordeaux, France, Konstantin has featured it on his South African Tour as well as many US venues including NYC's Lyric Chamber Music Society, Nevada City's Music In The Mountains, Sacramento's Crocker Museum and Pianofest in The Hamptons where Konstanin has been Artist In Residence for the past 7 years. In the recent seasons, Konstantin became known for creating his operatic transcriptions that include La Boheme, Manon, La Traviata, Capriccio and Das Wunder der Heliane.
Recently, Konstantin appeared with Johannesburg Philharmonic and Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra as part of his South African tour as well as Miami Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, and Auburn Symphony Orchestra. His solo performances took him to Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the Swiss Chopin Society in Bern, Switzerland and London's Wigmore Hall.
Following his 2006 William Petschek Debut Recital Award performance at Alice Tully Hall, in New York's Lincoln Center, The New York Times headlined its review: "Romanticism so intense it warms up Philip Glass."
Konstantin is a producer and host of "Real Pianists of The Hamptons" - the first ever classical music reality show made at Pianofest in The Hamptons where Konstantin has been Artist in Residence since 2011.
Konstantin earned his BM, MM, and AD from the Juilliard School under the direction of Jerome Lowenthal. Born in Moscow to a family of artists, he studied at the the Moscow Central Special Music School, under the auspices of the Moscow State Conservatory, with Anatoly Ryabov.
Konstantin is a recipient of over 15 awards, including: Second Prize, 2011 Iowa International Piano Competition; Third Prize, 2011 Bösendorfer International piano Competition; Second Prize and Audicnce Prize, 2010 Ima Hogg International Competition; First Prize and Audience Prize, 2007 New Orleans International Piano Competition; William Petschek Debut Recital Award; Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans; Second Prize, 2004 UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa; Third Prize, 2003 Cleveland International Piano Competition; The Juilliard School's Arthur Rubinstein Award; The Juilliard School's 2003 Gina Bachauer Competition; First Prize, 2002 Hilton Head International Piano Competition; Second Prize, 2002 Walter W. Naumburg International Piano Competition.
Guest Artist Recital, Sunday, July 30, 3:00 PM
Konstantin's program will center around his own transcription of R. Strauss' Four Last Songs. The rest of his program will feature a collection of his own opera transcriptions. More details to come!
All recitals of the New Orleans Keyboard Festival will take place in Loyola University's Roussel Hall.