Kenny Broberg wins American Pianists Awards

Posted on: June 30, 2021

“The 2021 American Pianists Awards has [chosen] Kenny Broberg … as the winner of the Indianapolis-based biennial competition Sunday, which opens the door to a major career boost in the competitive field of solo pianists,” writes Domenica Bongiovanni in Sunday’s (6/27) Indianapolis Star. “The winner was announced after five finalists competed in a final solo round at the Indiana Landmarks Center. Broberg, 27, [performed] the ‘Dante Sonata’ from Liszt’s ‘Years of Pilgrimage,’ … easily [capturing] the drama in the journey, marrying all of the energy of those emotions in the epic ending…. The American Pianists Awards’ coveted prize … includes career assistance, publicity, performance engagements, an artist-in-residence post at the University of Indianapolis and a recording contract with the Steinway & Sons label. Additionally, each of the 2021 finalists received $50,000 … to help offset the hardships performers endured during the pandemic…. Sunday’s round followed two nights of performances from Broberg and fellow finalists Mackenzie Melemed, Sam Hong, Michael Davidman and Dominic Cheli…. Saturday brought them to Hilbert Circle Theatre to solo with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Gerard Schwarz.”