Upcoming events

    • 20 Jul 2019
    • 28 Jul 2019
    • Loyola University College of Music and Fine Arts

    The annual New Orleans Piano Institute (NOPI), running concurrently with New Orleans Keyboard Festival, invites talented college, high school, and junior high pianists from across the United States and around the world to New Orleans for a week of intense study with world-renowned faculty as well as performance and competition opportunities. Celebrating its 20th year, the New Orleans Piano Institute continues to be a top internationally-regarded program of its kind.

    Additionally, all NOPI master classes, student performances and competitions are open to the public and free of charge to attend. 

    For more information on the New Orleans Piano Institute including 2019 NOPI applications and schedule of events, visit our NOPI website page.


    • 21 Jul 2019
    • 28 Jul 2019
    • Loyola University College of Music and Dramatic Arts
    Ziang Xu, Gold 2018 Sejoon Park, Silver 2012

    Ziang Xu (Gold 2018)                             Sejoon Park (Silver 2012)

    The annual New Orleans Keyboard Festival, which runs concurrently with the New Orleans Piano Institute, presents a series of guest artist recitals performed by former medalists of the biennial New Orleans International Piano Competition. Additionally presented are master classes, solo and concerto competitions, and performances featuring the students of the New Orleans Piano Institute. This year's guest artists are 2018 NOIPC Gold Medalist Ziang Xu and 2012 NOIPC Silver Medalist Sejoon Park.

    Keyboard Festival Guest Artist Recitals:

    Ziang Xu, Friday, July 26, 7:30 PM, Loyola University's Roussel Hall

    Sejoon Park, Sunday, July 28, 2:30 PM, Loyola University's Roussel Hall

    Program Information


    For information about the New Orleans Piano Institute (NOPI), visit the official NOPI website page. A complete schedule of NOPI events from July 21-28 including master classes, solo and concerto competition rounds, and the student showcase recital will be posted soon.

    About the Guest Artists

    Chinese-born pianist, Ziang Xu, has distinguished himself in several international competitions. His prizes and awards include first prizes in New Orleans International Piano Competition, Rondo Young Artist Competition, The East Coast International Piano Competition, The Princeton Festival Piano Competition, and The Grand Prize at Steinway Society of Puerto Rico Award. He has also been awarded top prizes at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival the New England Conservatory Honors Competition, and the Five Towns Music and Arts Foundation. He has performed widely including at Carnegie (Weill) Hall, Ukrainian Institute, Hunter College in New York, and at New England Conservatory`s Jordan Hall. His performances of the complete Chopin Etudes, a feat for any pianist, were described as “extraordinary.”

    Making his solo debut at age eleven, Ziang studied at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music and pursued undergraduate studies at the Mannes School of Music, as a student of Vladimir Feltsman and Victor Rosenbaum, with whom he continued to study at the New England Conservatory as he pursued his Master of Music degree. Ziang is now studying with Bruce Brubaker as Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at the New England Conservatory.

    Praised as an artist “one could hardly heap too much praise on” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), pianist Sejoon Park was born to cellist parents in Seoul, Korea, and at the age of ten made   his orchestral debut with Korea’s Busan Philharmonic Orchestra. He moved to the U.S. shortly thereafter, and was featured in Washingtonian Magazine for a performance named one of the “Best of 2004” and broadcast on NPR’s “From the Top.” In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Park presents a series of concerts with an all-American program, including classics of Samuel Barber and George Gershwin, as well as works of living composers Daniel Temkin and Joel Puckett.

    A winner of Astral’s 2014 National Auditions, Mr. Park has also received top prizes from the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the PianoArts Competition, the Southeastern Piano Competition, and the King Award for Young Artists. Recent performances include his Philadelphia recital debut and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. He has also been soloist  with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salina Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and has appeared on the stages of Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Benedict Music Tent in Aspen, Colorado. His performances have been broadcast on WQXR, WWFM radio.

    Mr. Park performs frequently in his native South Korea, and his passion for musical outreach activities has led him to assist in organizing the Seongnam Love Music Festival, through which he invited U.S.-based performers to travel abroad to perform for Korean audiences. He performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerti, Nos. 2 and 3 with both the Incheon Philharmonic and the Seongnam Philharmonic Orchestra. He has made additional    solo appearances with the United Korean Orchestra, and the Euroasian Philharmonic, and performed on      the stages of the Seoul Arts Center, Gumho Art Hall, and Samick Art Hall in solo and chamber  performances.

    A former PianoArts Fellow and Artist for Sing for Hope, Mr. Park organized and regularly performed educational concerts for school children across the U.S., and gives free concerts for healthcare patients and seniors in under-resourced communities.

    Sejoon Park holds a Bachelor of Music degree and an Artist Diploma from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, as well as a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School. 

    Sejoon Park appears courtesy of Astral Artists.

    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, 747 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130

     Our Home Louisiana: A celebration of the musical, visual, and culinary arts of Louisiana

    Join us for an evening featuring New Orleans born composer, pianist and singer Jep Epstein, the artwork of George Rodrigue, and the culinary delights of Dooky Chase Restaurant.

    Saturday, September 28, 6:30 PM

    George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts

    747 Magazine St., New Orleans

    • 03 Nov 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

    "...He is the future of classical music." - Big Island Music Magazine

    MASNO is pleased to welcome internationally acclaimed American pianist Kenny Broberg as NOCTURNE XVII Guest Artist

    Sunday, November 3, 2019

    5:00 p.m. - Champagne Reception
    6:00 p.m. - Concert
    7:30 p.m. - Dinner
    Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

    Tickets available for purchase August 1

    Silver Medalist of the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Kenny is also one of our former New Orleans Piano Institute (NOPI) students, a NOPI Concerto Competition winner, 2014 New Orleans International Piano Competition Bronze Medalist, 2017 Keyboard Festival Guest Artist, and a dear friend of MASNO. We are privileged to have been a part of Kenny's life and musical journey, and are thrilled to welcome him back as Nocturne  Artist in efforts to ensure that MASNO continues offering programs and opportunities to young pianists, emerging artists, and the musical community of the Greater New Orleans Area.

    Program Information Coming Soon

    About the Artist

    A native of Minneapolis, pianist Kenny Broberg won 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 continues to build a reputation for fresh interpretations, distinguished by a “bright, pearly tone quality” and “a clean, pellucid beauty” in his sound (Star Tribune).

    Also a prizewinner of the Hastings, Sydney, Seattle, and New Orleans International Piano Competitions, Kenny 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, Leonard Slatkin, Nicholas Milton, Nicholas McGegan, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Stilian Kirov. During the 2017–2018 season, he made his subscription concert debut with the Minnesota Orchestra—stepping in for André Watts days before the performance—which was declared “a highly auspicious debut, marked by poise [and] technical brilliance” (Star Tribune). Other recent highlights include residencies at the Methow Chamber, Strings, and Sunriver Music Festivals, and recitals in Houston, Denver, and Minneapolis, and in Italy and the United Kingdom.

    In the 2018–2019 season, Kenny performs at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s Festival Virée Classique and makes his return to London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Recital and orchestra engagements will take him to Minneapolis, Kansas City, Madison, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and other cities across North America, and he makes his debut performances in Asia, with appearances in Shanghai and across Japan.

    He has been featured on NPR, WQXR, APM’s Performance Today, MPR, 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. His solo debut album was released in August 2017 on the Decca Gold label, featuring one of his signature works, 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 Parkville, Missouri, under the guidance of 2001 Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch 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, he still enjoys watching and playing sports, in addition to listening to jazz and reading.

    About NOCTURNE

    NOCTURNE is the Annual Gala and Fundraiser of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans. Held at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown New Orleans, this beautiful event has become one of the most anticipated evenings of the year. The evening includes a champagne reception, salon recital by a world-renowned pianist, and a fabulous dinner. Proceeds from this event help us to continue offering you a wide variety of innovative musical programming during the year.

    NOCTURNE XVII is presented with support from:


Past events

10 May 2019 Sentimental and Stirring: Piano Music of Gottschalk performed by Peter Collins
09 Apr 2019 Marianna Prjevalskaya at New York's Merkin Hall
30 Mar 2019 Concerto Showcase X
23 Mar 2019 Out of This World featuring Xiahoui Yang
30 Jan 2019 Sung Chang Returns to New Orleans
09 Dec 2018 NOPI Concerto Competition Winner Bryant Li with the New Orleans Civic Symphony
02 Dec 2018 NOCTURNE XVI
07 Nov 2018 Baroque and Beyond: Les Arts Musicaux
05 Oct 2018 Courtney Bryan in Concert
22 Jul 2018 New Orleans Keyboard Festival Guest Artist Recital
22 Jul 2018 27th New Orleans International Piano Competition
21 Jul 2018 New Orleans Piano Institute & Keyboard Festival
12 Jun 2018 A Tricentennial Salute: Piano Music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Friends
07 Apr 2018 The Golden Age of French Music with Philippe Bianconi
25 Mar 2018 Salon Concert: A Centenary Celebration of Leonard Bernstein
11 Jan 2018 Xiaohui Yang in a Salon Concert Event
09 Jan 2018 Festival PiaNOLA featuring Xiaohui Yang
05 Nov 2017 NOCTURNE XV
15 Oct 2017 Masafumi Nakatani with the N.O. Civic Symphony
27 Sep 2017 Flavors of Cuba
26 Sep 2017 From Cuba to New Orleans
23 Jul 2017 New Orleans Keyboard Festival
23 Jul 2017 New Orleans Piano Institute
12 Mar 2017 GREAT SCOTT! - Joplin in the Quarter!
23 Feb 2017 2014 NOIPC Gold Medalist Marianna Prjevalskaya with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra
08 Jan 2017 Concerto Showcase IX
07 Jan 2017 Acclaimed American Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott in a special Salon Concert Event
03 Jan 2017 Festival PiaNOLA + CONCERTO SHOWCASE IX
20 Nov 2016 NOCTURNE XIV
23 Oct 2016 2016 N.O. Piano Institute Concerto Competition Winner Anna Waldron with the New Orleans Civic Symphony
23 Oct 2016 Classical guitarist Pavel Steidl of the Czech Republic in Salon Concert
22 Oct 2016 2014 NOIPC Gold Medalist Marianna Prjevalskaya performs with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra.
24 Jul 2016 New Orleans Piano Institute and Keyboard Festival
24 Jul 2016 26th New Orleans International Piano Competition (NOIPC)
15 Mar 2016 Angela Hewitt Salon Concert
10 Jan 2016 Marianna Prjevalskaya with LPO
08 Jan 2016 Marianna Prjevalskaya with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
03 Jan 2016 Viktor Valkov
07 Nov 2015 Taste of Brazil SOLD OUT
25 Oct 2015 Emma Lo Performs Mozart's D minor Piano Concerto
27 Sep 2015 Nocturne XIII
24 Jul 2015 New Orleans Keyboard Festival
19 Jul 2015 New Orleans Piano Institute
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