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Kenny Broberg & Mesteño Trio

January 19, 2023: Host Christa Wessel welcomes pianist Kenneth Broberg and the Mesteño Trio for a live concert in the Roger O. Doyle performance studio. 

Kenneth will preview his upcoming performances with Portland Piano International, including works by Beethoven, Bach, Franz Liszt, and more. The Mesteño Trio will perform Aram Khachaturian’s Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano.


During his auspicious career before winning the 2021 American Pianist Awards and Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship, Kenny Broberg captured the silver medal at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and a bronze medal at the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition as well as prizes at the Hastings, Sydney, Seattle and New Orleans International Piano Competitions, becoming one of the most decorated and internationally renowned pianists of his generation. Broberg is lauded for his inventive, intelligent and intense performances.

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The idea for Portland Piano International was conceived and launched by pianist Harold Gray, who started a recital series at Portland State University devoted to the piano that quickly grew from four, to five, to six recitals each season. Across the country other recital series were closing their doors, but before long the PSU Piano Recital Series was regularly selling out with audiences clamoring for more.

While pianists have many opportunities to play the concerto repertoire, this is one of only a handful of recital series that remains devoted to the solo piano recital.  Portland Piano International is a vital part of Portland’s quality cultural life and it has consistently garnered praise from both the local and national media, heralded a “consistently brilliant Piano Recital Series” (Willamette Week) and “one of this city’s musical treasures” (The Oregonian).

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Violinist Searmi Park (Eugene Symphony Concertmaster), clarinetist Lou DeMartino (Principal Clarinetist of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet Theatre & The Colorado Music Festival), and pianist David Riley (UO Professor & Director of Piano Accompanying & Chamber Music) began working together in 2015 as the Marshanne Chamber Players.  After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, these three musicians decided to form once again as the Mesteño Trio.  This broadcast on T@T marks their first performance together as a newly formed chamber group.

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