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Pianist Kenny Broberg Kicks Off Texas Music Festival At His Alma Mater

The University of Houston alumnus plays a selection and discusses his budding career.

Pianist Kenny Broberg
Pianist and Univ. of Houston alum Kenny Broberg.

The annual Texas Music Festival just began its 30th anniversary season.

The month-long training program at the University of Houston provides young musicians a challenging environment in which to further develop in the areas of orchestral, chamber music, and solo performance. They take private lessons and perform in four orchestra concerts at the end of each week.

One of the program’s alumni is Kenny Broberg. He’s a pianist who’s also a University of Houston alumus.

In 2017, Broberg was a silver medalist at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and he’s also preparing for the International Tchaikovsky Competition later this month in Moscow.

For the first concert of this year’s festival, Broberg will be a guest soloist with the orchestra performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

In the audio above, and ahead of his performance this weekend, Broberg visited Houston Public Media’s Geary Performance Studio to play a selection and to speak with Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn about his budding career.

Kenny Broberg was a silver medalist at the 2017 Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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