Rounding off a successful summer with prestigious live performances

2017 Hastings Piano Concerto Competition SUS-170703-165628001
2017 Hastings Piano Concerto Competition SUS-170703-165628001

The winner of this year’s Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. Kenny Broberg, will return to Hastings in October after a highly successful summer spent in his native America.

In June he was awarded the Silver Medal in the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth Texas, the most prestigious piano competition in the U.S.

He was beaten to the Gold Medal by Yekwon Sunwoo from South Korea who was runner up in the Hastings competition in 2014. This confirms that the Hastings event is a major player in the world of international piano competitions, say the organisers.

“The achievements of our competitors in The Cliburn is proof of what we have known for some time,” said Professor Frank Wibaut, the Artistic Director of the Hastings event. “We are now attracting pianists of world class calibre.

“That they come to our town to perform with one of the world’s top orchestras is a measure of how far the competition has grown in such a very short time. It also means we now have a roster of finalists who are very keen to come back and perform for us locally, giving the region access to the very best young concert pianists.”

Kenny recently gave a solo recital at St Mary’s Church in Rye for the Rye Arts festival which was rapturously received by the audience.

On Friday October 13 he’ll be at St Mary In The Castle in Hastings for the season’s opening concert of the Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra, when he’ll be performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 5. The concert begins at 7pm. Tickets available from www.hastingsphilharmonic.com.

Two days later, on Sunday October 15, he will be giving the Autumn Prizewinners’ Recital in the Recital Room Courtyard at Fairlight Hall, playing Cesar Franck-Bauer’s Prelude, Fugue and Variation in B minor, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Toccata in C minor and Samuel Barber’s Sonata for piano in E flat. After an intermission, he will play Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B minor.

Tickets are £15 and sales support the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, and they are available from the HIPCC website or Hastings Tourist Information Centre, Muriel Matters House in Breeds Place, 01424 451111.