Kenneth Broberg, who will begin pursuit of a Master of Music in Performance
degree in Park University’s International Center for Music
starting this fall semester, has advanced to the finals of the Sydney (Australia) International Piano Competition. Broberg, the only American to advance to the semifinals of the competition, is one of six finalists.
The competition, held every four years, started July 6 with 32 competitors from around the world. Twelve pianists advanced to the semifinals and six are competing in the finals, which began on Tuesday night in Sydney (5 a.m. Tuesday in the Kansas City area).
Broberg was one of three finalists to compete on Tuesday, performing “Concerto No. 25 in C Major” (K. 503) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. On Friday (July 22) night in Sydney (5 a.m. Friday in Kansas City), Broberg will perform his second piece of the finals, “Concerto No. 2 in G Minor” (Op. 22) by Camille Saint-Saëns. The announcement of prize winners will come on Saturday (July 23) night in Sydney (2 a.m. Saturday in Kansas City) following the performance of three other finalists. All rounds of the finals, held in the Sydney Opera House, will be live streamed at http://live.sydneypianocompetition.com.au/
Broberg, who will begin his studies in Park’s ICM in August under the tutelage of Stanislav Ioudenitch
, is the first Park student to advance to the finals of a major international piano competition since Behzod Abduraimov
won the London International Piano Competition in 2009. Abduraimov currently serves as the ICM’s artist-in-residence.
The Sydney International Piano Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities aged 18 to 32, and has been recognized by the World Federation of International Music Competitions almost since its inception in 1977. The overall SIPC winner will take home a first prize worth $50,000 plus a number of high-profile engagements for concerto performances organized by illustrious Russian maestro Valery Gergiev, the artistic patron of the competition. The winner will also be offered a partnership with Hyperion Records for an international album release, alongside an Australian national tour and international recitals, and a debut performance with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.