Filling in Due to Flu, Kenny Broberg Shines in Minnesota Orchestra Concerto Debut
Terry Blain, Star Tribune
A week ago, pianist Kenny Broberg’s phone rang in Kansas City, Mo. It was the Minnesota Orchestra, asking could he possibly stand in for a flu-stricken André Watts at the coming weekend’s subscription concerts…
Friday evening’s performance of the “Emperor,” Broberg’s concerto debut at Orchestra Hall, showed exactly why the Cliburn judges rated him so highly.
One obvious feature of his playing was the bright, pearly tone quality. It animated the glimmering cascades of notes in the piano’s flamboyant opening gestures and put a bright smile on the many episodes of silvery trilling that Beethoven asks for in the concerto.
The slow movement had a clean, pellucid beauty, without a trace of sentimentality or false straining for profundity…
But this was nonetheless a highly auspicious debut, marked by poise, technical brilliance and a welcome lack of the narcissistic body language so many pianists see fit to indulge in.
Read the full review here.