2017 Keyboard Festival Guest Artists

Kenny Broberg, 2014 Bronze Medalist 

A native of Minneapolis, Kenneth Broberg studied piano from age 6 through high school under Dr. Joseph Zins. He continued his studies with Nancy Weems at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree. He is now a graduate student working with 2001 Cliburn gold medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park University in Parkville, Missouri. Mr. Broberg has won first prizes at the Hastings and Dallas international piano competitions, in addition to medals at the Sydney, Seattle, New Orleans, and Wideman (Shreveport) competitions. Most recently, Kenny was awarded the Silver Medal in the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.Several of his performances at last year’s Sydney International Piano Competition were released on CD on the Universal Music label. He has performed as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Dallas Chamber Symphony, and the Louisiana Philharmonic, among others. Mr. Broberg has had solo, chamber, and concerto performances broadcast on NPR and ABC (Australia) radio. His passions include hockey, baseball, books, and movies.

Guest Artist Recital - Friday, July 28, 7:30 PM


Toccata in C minor, BWV 911                         J.S. Bach

Toccata on L'Arme Homme                            Marc-André Hamelin

Trois Mazurkas, Op. 59                                   Frederick Chopin

Sonata No.4 in F-sharp Major, Op.30           Alexandre Scriabin


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

  I. Allegro

 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.

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