Guest Artist Profiles
Kenneth Broberg
2017 CLIBURN SILVER MEDALIST

Brief Bio

A native of Minneapolis, 23-year-old pianist Kenny Broberg won the silver medal at the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for performances that showed “an imaginative shaping of themes, revelation of inner voices, and an unfailing sense of momentum” (Texas Classical Review).

His 2017–2018 debut season as Cliburn medalist includes a recital tour in Hawaii, a return to his alma mater, the University of Houston, for its annual Texas Music Festival, and orchestra and recital engagements in Denver, New Orleans, West Palm Beach, and other cities across the United States. In Europe, Mr. Broberg appears with the Rye Arts Festival and Hastings Philharmonic in the United Kingdom, and in recital in Italy. His debut solo album was released by Decca Gold in August, as part of his Competition prizes.

Also a prizewinner of the Hastings, Sydney, Seattle, and New Orleans International Piano Competitions, Mr. Broberg has previously performed as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, Minnesota, Sydney Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Dallas Chamber, Fort Worth Symphony, and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestras, among others, working with conductors Ludovic Morlot, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Leonard Slatkin, Nicholas Milton, and Nicholas McGegan. His solo, chamber, and concerto performances have been broadcast on NPR and ABC (Australia) radio, and several of his performances at the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition were included on CDs released on the Universal Music Australia label.

The first musician in his family, Mr. Broberg started piano lessons at age 6, when he was first fascinated by his mother’s upright—a wedding gift from her parents. He studied for nine years with Dr. Joseph Zins before entering the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree with Nancy Weems in 2016. He currently resides in Parkville, Missouri, under the guidance of 2001 Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park University.

 

A hockey and baseball athlete in high school, he still enjoys watching and playing sports, in addition to listening to jazz and reading.

Contact Sandra Doan at sdoan@cliburn.org if you are interested in engaging Kenny Broberg.

Anthony Pulgram

Brief Bio

London Opera News calls American tenor Anthony Pulgram “a commanding and charismatic singer, with rich, lyric tone.” The Atlanta native has performed in major opera houses throughout the US and in Europe, including Paris, Vienna, Geneva, Belgrade and Palermo.

Engagements in the 2005-2006 season included Pinkerton in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Alpheus in LYSISTRATA, and Don Jose in CARMEN with New York City Opera. Mr. Pulgram made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2006, singing works by Mozart and Bassler with Mid America Productions.

He has also sung the Commissioner in Poulenc’s DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES and the cover of Apollo in DAPHNE for New York City Opera. Other recent portrayals include Bacchus in Strauss’ ARIADNE AUF NAXOS with Des Moines Metro Opera, Narraboth in Strauss’ SALOME with Orlando Opera, Cavaradossi in TOSCA with Opera North, Florestan in a concert performance of FIDELIO with One World Symphony, Taddie in Mascagni’s GUGLIELMO RATCLIFF with Teatro Grattacielo, and many others. He has appeared as Tamino in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE with Opera in Concert and as Alfred in DIE FLEDERMAUS with the Opera Company of the Hamptons.

Mr. Pulgram has appeared as a soloist with the Temple Symphony in Texas, the New York Philharmonia Virtuosi, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, and the Harrisburg Symphony. His concert repertoire includes Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s MESSIAH, Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH, and the Mozart and Verdi REQUIEMs. As a recitalist, he has performed in various cities including New York, London, Salzburg, Moscow, and Warsaw.

A champion of contemporary music, he has created the title role in operatic world premieres in New York City, including Sir Gawain in GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT with American Opera Projects, and the poet Sean in David Strickland’s PHOENIX PARK (A POET’S JOURNEY) for Theatre for the New City.

An alumnus of Duke University and the Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Pulgram has won awards from the International Belvedere Competition in Vienna, the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation in New York, the Rosa Ponselle International Vocal Competition in New York, and the Atlanta Pro Mozart Society.

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Frances Renzi
"Frances Renzi has a way of making music come alive."—The Toledo Blade

Brief Bio

Steinway Artist Frances Renzi has appeared as soloist with many orchestras including those of Dallas, Houston, Toledo, and the New Hampshire Music Festival. She has performed throughout North America, Taiwan, and China, giving recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the National Concert Hall in Taipei and the China Conservatory in Beijing.

An extraordinary chamber player, she frequently collaborates with distinguished artists, and is much in demand as a chamber music performer. She appears regularly as a featured guest artist on the Toledo Symphony Chamber Series and also performs each summer at the New Hampshire Music Festival. She was a founding member of the Toledo Trio at the University of Toledo and performed with them for 27 years.

She has recorded solo and chamber music for Centaur, Educo, Koch International, Musical Heritage Society, Azica, Audite, and Decca/Argo. Her numerous recordings have won critical acclaim and many awards in Europe and the United States. Her recording of 20th century etudes by American composers Ned Rorem, Vincent Persichetti, and George Perle received enthusiastic reviews. Fanfare Magazine described her playing as "...absolutely superb...crystal-like articulation, impeccable rhythmic precision, unflagging energy, and a truly remarkable understanding of these pieces..." Her recording of chamber music of Paul Schoenfield was nominated for a Grammy. Her performances as a soloist and chamber musician have been broadcast on radio and television across the nation including a presentation on National Public Radio's Performance Today.

She was a solo pianist for the New York City Ballet performing Stravinsky's Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra and Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes and participated in the Stravinsky Festival at Lincoln Center.

A native of Texas, she received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas and her Master's degree from the Juilliard School where she was a scholarship student of Rosina Lhevinne and Beveridge Webster. An experienced teacher as well as performer, she is Professor Emerita at the University of Toledo. In 2000 she received a commendation from the Ohio Senate honoring her outstanding university career of 27 years.