INDIANAPOLIS—The University of Indianapolis continues a rich history of the performing arts in a unique partnership with the Indianapolis-based American Pianists Association. As part of the partnership, the 2021 American Pianists Award winner and Christel DeHaan Classical Fellow, Kenny Broberg, is serving as the Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis for a two-year term.
Broberg will be welcomed to campus and open his residency the week of October 11th for an opening concert at the Ruth Lilly Performance Hall in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center on October 12th, as well as conduct a masterclass for UIndy students on Friday, October 15th.
Broberg’s concert program includes selections from Beethoven, Scriabin, Medtner, and Rachmaninoff. The event is open to the public and free to attend. More information can be found at events.uindy.edu.
“The partnership between UIndy and the American Pianists Association is simply extraordinary and has a profound impact on our students and the community. It is especially unique that a major competition has as part of its prize package that the winner gets to serve as Artist-in-Residence at our university—performing, teaching, giving lectures, and forging relationships over the period of two years that will last a lifetime,” said Ryan Behan, assistant professor and director of keyboard studies at the University of Indianapolis.
He added, “Some of the most pivotal moments in the early years of any professional musician come when they hear a great concert artist, have lessons with them, and learn firsthand about what it took for them to find success. The student’s own dreams and vision for themselves become even more tangible and real. That an experience such as this has the power to act as an all-important catalyst in one’s musical development cannot be overstated. We are absolutely thrilled about the future of our partnership with the APA and are so excited to welcome Kenny Broberg to campus this fall.”
About Kenny Broberg
Kenny Broberg, 26, is a Minneapolis native who won the silver medal at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and the 2019 bronze medal winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, as well as winning prizes at the Hastings, Sydney, Seattle and New Orleans International Piano Competitions. He has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestras, among others. Recent and upcoming highlights include his debut with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, residencies at the Montreal Symphony’s Festival Virée Classique, Rye Arts, Methow Chamber, Strings and Sunriver Music Festivals, recitals in Houston, Denver, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Minneapolis, and in tours of Japan, Australia and Italy. He has been featured on NPR, WQXR, APM’s Performance Today, MPR and ABC (Australia) radio. His solo debut album was released in August 2017 on the Decca Gold label. Broberg 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, where he studies with Stanislav Loudenitch at Park University.
About the American Pianists Association
The American Pianists Association has been supporting aspiring young artists for over 40 years and has been based in Indianapolis since 1982. It has a professional staff of seven, headed by Peter Mraz.. The American Pianists Awards, held for both classical and jazz artists, offer significant opportunities for American pianists, ages 18-30, to advance their careers. Each winner receives a two-year fellowship, valued at over $200,000 including cash awards, fees, publicity and recording opportunities. All American Pianists Awards events are produced as public recitals and feature the finalists in a variety of settings. The organization greatly values the individual artistic sensibilities of each pianist, nurtures such individuality and does not impose any repertoire requirements during the competitions other than those necessary for the different genres. It is the intent of the American Pianists Awards to focus on artistic expression and not on competitive prowess. Further, the organization makes an effort to tailor its career assistance to suit the particular needs of the winner, offering an array of opportunities appropriate to the winner’s current career development and status. American Pianists Association strives to be the bridge between professional training and a full-fledged professional career.