Cliburn medal winner ready to face the challenges of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with CVSO
by William Foy, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

During his visit to Eau Claire, pianist Kenny Broberg will be displaying the talent that earned him a Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medal. And the piece he’ll be performing will be a worthy test of his abilities. Speaking by phone from Fort Worth, Texas, Broberg spoke respectfully about the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, which he will be performing Saturday with the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra.

“The challenges of the piece are huge,” he said. “It takes sort of superhuman virtuosity. It’s an extremely difficult piece. It’s hard to have the stamina, and also more importantly, it’s sort of a vision of the entire thing, the entire structure of the piece.”

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Through his success, the 26-year-old Broberg is in a good position to give advice to other young musicians. In those situations, he said, he would point to his emphasis on the music rather than the success aspect of his path.

“I think I did it the right way in that I wasn’t overwhelmed with the idea of building a career when I was too young,” he said. “I was just left alone to grow as a musician by myself and just learn to love this music. And I think that was important for me because it gave me the drive to know that was what I wanted to do as a career and it is something that I love. As a result, I think it comes from the right place.”

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