2017 New Orleans Keyboard Festival Official Press Release (click here to download the PDF)

The New Orleans Keyboard Festival will unleash musical thunder at Loyola University, July 28-30, 2017 with concerts by three rising star pianists: Kenny Broberg, Re Zhang, and Konstantin Soukhovetski. As medal winners of the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the three have already forged significant connections in the community by returning to perform with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and in solo recital.

Included in the New Orleans Keyboard Festival is the New Orleans Piano Institute, (July 23-30), which welcomes 34 talented junior high, high school, and college age students from around the U.S. for an intense week of private lessons and master classes with internationally acclaimed teaching faculty as well as solo and concerto competitions. The events of the New Orleans Piano Institute are FREE and open to the public. Both the Keyboard Festival and the Institute are programs of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans.

If You Go:

Where: The three guest artist recitals will take place at Roussel Hall, Loyola University.

Tickets: Admission per recital is  $20 regular, $15 student/senior

Three Recital Package: $50 regular, $35 student/senior

Purchase: Call 504.899.4826 or visit the MASNO website. (masno.org)

Press: For High Resolution images of the performers, contact cara@masno.org

Kenny Broberg - Friday, July 28, 7:30 p.m.  The Bronze medalist at the 2014 NOIPC, Broberg has continued to make his mark on the competion circuit. At the 2017 Cliburn Competition, which is currently in progress, Broberg has already advanced  to the FINAL round — one of only 6 pianists to do so. The 23-year-old Broberg has performed as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, and Seattle Symphony, among others. His planned New Orleans recital opens with works by Bach, Scriabin, Chopin and contemporary composer Marc-Andre Hamelin, and concludes with Liszt’s monumental Sonata in B Minor. Another fun couple of facts about Kenny: He is also an alumnus of the New Orleans Piano Institute (NOPI). He is the first NOPI student to return to compete in the New Orleans International Piano Competition in which he also placed 3rd. Currently, Kenny studies with former Gold Medalist of the New Orleans International Piano Competition Stanislav Ioudenitch who is the only NOIPC winner to also bring home the Gold Medal in The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Re Zhang - Saturday, July 29, 7:30 p.m. The Silver medalist at the 2016 NOIPC, Re Zhang also impressed New Orleans audiences when she performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in January 2016.  Originally from Beijing, China the pianists graduated from Oberlin Conservatory and completed a Master’s degree at The Juilliard School studying under Stephen Hough and Matti Raekallio. She has planned a Rachmaninoff and Beethoven program for the New Orleans Keyboard Festival — her program will include the Rachmaninoff Op. 33 Etudes and a second half featuring Beethoven’s titanic late masterwork, the Hammerklavier.

Konstantin Soukhovetski - Sunday, July 30, 3 p.m. The Gold medalist at the 2007 NOIPC, Soukhovetski has pursued a double career as a pianist and actor.  Soukhovetski’s transcription of R. Strauss’ Four Last Songs. was recently premiered in France at L'Esprit du Piano Festival in Bordeaux and at the New York Chamber Music Festival. This season Konstantin appeared with Johannesburg Philharmonic and Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra as part of his South African tour as well as with Miami Symphony Orchestra and Auburn Symphony Orchestra. His planned New Orleans recital will consist of his original piano transcriptions of operatic works.


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