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MEDIA ALERT! Pianist Ilya Shmukler Takes Gold in Prestigious Géza Anda Piano Competition in Switzerland

Ilya Shmukler, Artist Diploma candidate in the piano studio of Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park International Center for Music (ICM), was awarded the Gold Medal at the highly prestigious Géza Anda International Piano Competition in Zurich on Saturday. For his complete bio and further details, please visit Park ICM. | Download PDF

Park University’s International Center for Music announces blockbuster 2024-25 season

KC Star | BY PATRICK NEAS SPECIAL TO THE STAR MAY 10, 2024 5:30 AM— Park University’s International Center for Music is a powerhouse of musical talent. The school’s 2024-2025 season features mostly their own faculty and students, but it is as packed with as much talent as any world-class series. Read more at: https://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/kansas-city/article288310130.html Read Full Article | Download PDF Article

Press: Park University’s International Center for Music Unveils 2024 – 2025 Season

KANSAS CITY, MO (May 13, 2024) — Park University’s International Center for Music (Park ICM), under the esteemed leadership of founder and Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch, is thrilled to unveil its impressive concert lineup for the upcoming 2024-2025 season. Read Full Article | Download Press Release

Rising piano star Michael Davidman’s time in Kansas City has been the fuel to ignite his career

91.9 Classical KC (April 4, 2024) – Originally from New York, award-winning pianist Michael Davidman has been honing his craft at Park University’s International Center for Music. Read Full Article

Park ICM Presents Violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi

KANSAS CITY, MO (February 9, 2024) — The International Center for Music at Park University (Park ICM) is thrilled to announce an extraordinary concert featuring world-renowned violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi on Friday, March 22, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place at the beautiful 1900 Building located at 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods, KS.| Download PDF Release

International group Rosamunde Trio performs in Kansas City for the first time

KC Studio Magazine (January, 3 2024) – The acclaimed chamber ensemble with ties to Park University’s ICM takes the stage at the 1900 Building in January. Sympathetic musicianship and decades-long friendships sustain the Rosamunde Trio, an acclaimed chamber ensemble of international artists. Read Full Article

Park ICM’s Annual Concert “Stanislav & Friends” Features an Unusual “Side by Side” of Masters and their Protégés on the Same Stage

KANSAS CITY, MO (December 19, 2023) –  Stanislav Ioudenitch, Founder and Artistic Director of Park International Center for Music, is thrilled to announce the details of this year’s highly anticipated Stanislav & Friends concert. Taking place at the Kauffman Center on Friday, March 8, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. in Helzberg Hall, this annual musical extravaganza promises an unforgettable evening of classical excellence. Read Full Release | Download PDF

MEDIA ALERT: Park University International Center for Music Presents Concert for the Piano Lover

KANSAS CITY, MO (November 3, 2023) | Park University International Center for Music (Park ICM) announced today that their 2023-2024 Season would continue on November 30th with an entire concert devoted to piano lovers. “Every musician needs to have the practical training of performing,” said Park ICM Artistic Director Stanislav Ioudenitch. “That’s what we’re trained to do . . . to perform in public. These young artists in my piano studio are quite successful musicians already. They are award winning musicians, so something not to miss.”

Pianist fled Russia to protest the war in Ukraine. He’ll make his KC debut next week88 keys and 88 years: A Russian pianist defects then performs in Kansas City

KCUR | By Christy L’EsperanceBrooke KnollSam Wisman | September 21, 2023 – Pianists Mikhail Voskresensky and Stanislav Ioudenitch join Classical KC’s Christy L’Esperance for an extended conversation about Mikhail’s life and music ahead of his performance in Kansas City. Read Full Article Here

Pianist fled Russia to protest the war in Ukraine. He’ll make his KC debut next week

Kansas City Star | SEPTEMBER 15, 2023 BY PATRICK NEAS SPECIAL TO THE STAR – Russian pianist Mikhail Voskresensky first visited the United States in 1962 to take part in the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Last year, at the age of 87, Voskresensky came to the United States ostensibly to perform at the Aspen Music Festival, but in reality to flee what he calls a “criminal country.” The United States is now Voskresensky’s forever home.  Read Full Article Here

Park University’s International Center for Music announces a new season ‘to celebrate’

KANSAS CITY, MO (August 22, 2023) — Park University International Center for Music (Park ICM), under the direction of founder, Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch, has for the last 20 years taken magnificent young instrumentalists, already identified as superior performers, and molded them into international virtuosos. This season brings virtuoso friends old and new, and continues to showcase ICM’s own award-winning faculty and students, resulting in a season packed with musicianship of the highest order. Read Full Article Here | Download PDF Here

Park University’s International Center for Music announces a new season ‘to celebrate’

Kansas City Star | MAY 12, 2023 BY PATRICK NEAS SPECIAL TO THE STAR – ICM’s newly announced 2023-2024 season is brimming with musicianship of the highest order. In addition to performances by visiting artists, like legendary Russian pianist Mikhail Voskresensky, Park’s own award-winning faculty and students will also have a chance to shine. Read Full Article Here

MEDIA ALERT: Park ICM Orchestra Culminates ICM’s 20th Anniversary Celebration With 2 FREE Concerts in Parkville

KANSAS CITY, MO (March 20, 2023) | Currently celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the International Center for Music at Park University (Park ICM) will culminate with two final guest conductors: Laura Jackson, conductor of the Reno Philharmonic Association, on March 31st, and Kansas City favorite Timothy Hankewich, former resident conductor of the Kansas City Symphony on April 28th.

STANISLAV AND FRIENDS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SEE WORLD-CLASS MUSICIANS ALL IN ONE PLACE

IN Kansas City | March 1, 2023 by  – On March 11, the fourth annual Stanislav and Friends performance at the Kauffman Center will celebrate something extra special—20 years of the Park University International Center for Music (Park ICM).  Read Full Article Here

Park ICM’s Annual Concert “Stanislav & Friends” Features Event Namesake Performing Tchaikovsky’s Famed Concerto No. 1

KANSAS CITY, MO (February 28, 2023) Performance to include “Flight of the Bumblebee” For Two Pianos, the KC Premiere of “Canzona Matinata” from Broberg & Ioudenitch’s new album “Songbird,” and the Grand Finale to ICM’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, Tchaikovsky’s Famed First Piano Concert Featuring Pianist Stanislav Ioudenitch and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra.  Read Full Release Here

Media Alert: Famed Violinist Midori to Conduct Master Classes with Park U Students

KANSAS CITY, MO (February 13, 2023) Midori is flying to Kansas City specifically to give masterclasses to Professor Sayevich’s students at Park University. The University is allowing guests to attend the free masterclasses, as long as they pre-register to attend, to encourage musicians of every age and talent level to be able to witness Midori’s genius firsthand. Read Full Release Here | Find out how to register HERE

So much ahead on Kansas City’s 2023 classical music scene. Here’s a guide to the best.

Kansas City Star | DECEMBER 30, 2022 BY PATRICK NEAS SPECIAL TO THE STAR – “Stanislav and Friends” is one of the best concert bargains of the year. Stanislav Ioudenitch himself is a concert hall headliner, and then you get his friends, who are also award-winning, towering talent.” ICM is included in Patrick Neas’ tribute to winter concerts throughout Kansas City. Read Full Article Here

MEDIA ALERT: PARK UNIVERSITY’S INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR MUSIC CONTINUES CELEBRATION OF 20TH ANNIVERSARY

Spring 2023 Semester Offerings Will Leave Audiences Wanting More

KANSAS CITY, MO (December 12, 2022) — Park University’s International Center for Music (Park ICM), under the direction of founder, Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch, started its Twentieth Anniversary Season with a bang with five concerts that included Park ICM’s Cliburn finalist, Ilya Shmukler (before he makes his Carnegie Hall debut tomorrow, Dec 13th), world-renowned violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi, and packed houses of enthusiastic classical music lovers. Continuing their season in January, Park ICM will gain momentum clear through the last note with international piano sensation Behzod Abduraimov at the Folly Theater on May 11th.  Download Full Alert Here

MEDIA ALERT: MICHAEL DAVIDMAN WINS THIRD PLACE IN PRESTIGIOUS LONG-THIBAUD PIANO COMPETITION IN PARIS

Third Park ICM Pianist to Make Finals of International Competitions in Five Months

Michael Davidman, Artist Diploma candidate in the piano studio of Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park International Center for Music (ICM), has placed THIRD in the finals of the prestigious International Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris. Download Full Alert Here

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MEDIA ALERT: MICHAEL DAVIDMAN MAKES FINALS OF PRESTIGIOUS LONG-THIBAUD PIANO COMPETITION IN PARIS

Third Park ICM Pianist to Make Finals of International Competitions in Five Months

Michael Davidman, Artist Diploma candidate in the piano studio of Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park International Center for Music (ICM), has made the finals of the prestigious International Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris. Download Full Alert Here

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Pianist’s Dream Has Brought International Spotlight to Parkville

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Pianist Stanislav Ioudenitch won the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2001 which set in motion an international career of which most musicians can only dream. Read Full Article Here

MEDIA ALERT: PARK UNIVERSITY TO PRESENT CHARMING FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT IN CONJUNCTION WITH PARKVILLE’S CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER

The 2022-2023 season marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of Park University’s International Center for Music. Among the many special concerts created as part of the celebration, the Park ICM Orchestra will be presenting its very first holiday concert. See Full Article

PARKVILLE-BASED MUSIC CONSERVATORY QUIETLY PRODUCES WORLD-RENOWNED CONCERT MUSICIANS

KC Studio | September/October 2022 Volume XIV, Issue 5, Page 96-97 – In 2003, a global movement was sparked at Park University . . . and since that time, it has continued to shine brightly for all the world to behold. Park University’s International Center for Music will soon celebrate its 20th anniversary and has achieved extraordinary success in a relatively short span of time. See Full Issue

CLASSICAL KC AIRS PORTIONS OF STANISLAV & FRIENDS 2022

Producer Sam Wisman and Classical KC Host Dan Margolies | JULY 16, 2022 – The recording of Stanislav & Friends took place on March 19th at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Read the story here

He came to Kansas City to hone violin skills. It got him a prestigious orchestra spot

BY PATRICK NEAS for Aol. | JULY 1, 2022 – Former ICM student David Radzynski has been chosen to fill one of the most prestigious orchestral positions in America: concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. “It’s Ben’s fault,” Radzynski says. “He’s one of the greatest teachers in the United States today”.  Read the story here

‘I love it so much’: Kansas Citian from Russia basks in glow of Cliburn piano honors

SPECIAL TO THE STAR | JUNE 20, 2022 – After being a finalist in the 16th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on June 19th and winning the award for Best Performance of a Mozart Concerto, Park International Center for Music​ graduate student, Ilya Shmukler​, spoke with The Kansas City Star​ writer Patrick Neas​. Read the story here

METTLE FOR MEDALS: WINNERS OF INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS BRING PRESTIGE TO AREA MUSIC SCHOOLS

The Independent | By Paul Horsley – “The competition sets a platform for young performers to grow,” said Stanislav Ioudenitch, artistic director of Park University’s International Center for Music, which he helped build after winning the Gold Medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Read Full Article

Pianist Ilya Shmukler hopes experience, preparation will lend him keys to success in Cliburn Competition

How this Park University pianist became a ‘more serious’ contender at the world-class Cliburn contest

KCUR | By Laura Spencer, Published June 13, 2022 – The six finalists in the 2022 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition include Ilya Shmukler, who attends Park University’s International Center for Music. Read Full Article Here

The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst Appoint David Radzynski as Concertmaster

Cleveland, Ohio, Friday, May 27, 2022 – Today, The Cleveland Orchestra announced that after an extensive and rigorous audition and search process, Music Director Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra have appointed violinist David Radzynski as concertmaster. Read Full Article Here

Park University’s International Center for Music Orchestra to Conclude Concert Season on April 8

Park University, March 25, 2022 – The Park University International Center for Music Orchestra will conclude its 2021-22 concert season on Friday, April 8, under the direction of guest conductor Tim HankewichRead Full Article Here

Ioudenitch and Company Make Brilliant Music Together

KC Arts Beat (March 20) by Paul Pattison, special to KC Arts Beat

When Van Cliburn gold medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch and his friends get together and invite guests to the festivities, you can expect to be immensely entertained. That was certainly the case Saturday night, March 13, as around one thousand attended “Stanislav and Friends,” an evening of magnificent music at Helzberg Hall. Read Full Article Here

Ilya Shmukler and Sergey Belyavsky visit Earl’s Music Room

Earl Cahill (February 22, 2022) – Earl Cahill spends a day in Parkville with ICM pianists Ilya Shmukler and Sergey Belyavsky. Read Full Article Here

Pianist and Artistic Director Stanislav Ioudenitch Answers Four Questions

IN Kansas City (February 1, 2022) – It’s a long and winding road from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to Parkville, Missouri. But it is the path that Stanislav Ioudenitch took from his birthplace to where he now belongs as artistic director at Park University International Center for Music (Park ICM). A renowned pianist and master, he won the coveted Van Cliburn Gold Medal Award in 2001. Read Full Article Here

MEDIA ALERT: Only American to Win Prestigious Russian Competition In Concert at 1900 Building January 29th

Elmar Oliveira is an American violinist whose remarkable combination of impeccable artistry and old-world elegance sets him apart as one of our most celebrated living artists. He will perform Bach, Brahms and Tchaikovsky. For full program information, click hereRead Full Media Alert Here

Briefly Noted: Lenexa Steinway nominates Park University music teacher for company’s hall of fame – Shawnee Mission Post

   — Lenexa Steinway nominates Park music teacher for company’s hall of fame. Stanislav Ioudenitch, associate professor of music/piano and artistic director of Park University’s International Center for Music, was recently inducted into the 2021 class of the Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame. Read Full Article Here

Park University International Center for Music Presents Concert For the Piano Lover

KANSAS CITY, MO (October 15, 2021) — Park University International Center for Music (Park ICM) announced today that their 2021-2022 Season would continue on November 19th with an entire concert devoted to piano lovers. The concert will be held at the 1900 Building in Mission Woods, Kansas (corner of State Line Road and Shawnee Mission Parkway).  Read Full Press Release Here

Park University International Center for Music Orchestra to Hold Second Concert of 2021-22 Season

Parkville, Mo.—Oct. 18, 2021 — The Park University International Center for Music Orchestra will present its second concert of the 2021-22 season on Friday, Nov. 5, under the direction of guest conductor David Stuart Wiley.  Read Full Article Here

PARK UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR MUSIC COLLABORATES WITH OWEN COX DANCE GROUP THIS WEEKEND

October 5 – (Kansas City) Owen/Cox Dance Group and Park University International Center for Music have teamed up to create this great performance titled, “Images.” These world premiere dance works feature the amazing dancers of Owen/Cox combined with the virtuosic musicians at Park University.   Read Full Article Here

Fleming, Bell, ‘Nutcracker’ and more: Guide to best of Kansas City’s fall arts season

BY PATRICK NEAS SPECIAL TO THE STAR, SEPTEMBER 26, 2021 — For music lovers, COVID should not be an insurmountable barrier to enjoying some truly stellar live performances this fall in Kansas City. And what performances there are to choose from.  Read Full Article Here

Park University’s International Center for Music Orchestra to Host First Concert of 2021-22 Season on Oct. 1

Parkville, Mo. (Sept. 9, 2021) — The Park University International Center for Music Orchestra will present its first concert of the 2021-22 season on Friday, Oct. 1, beginning at 8 p.m. inside Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s flagship Parkville Campus. The program for the opening concert will be under the direction of Filippo Ciabatti, D.M.A., director of the Dartmouth (College) Symphony Orchestra. Read Full Press Release Here

Award-Winning Musicians Headline Park University International Center for Music’s 2021-2022 Season

KANSAS CITY, MO (August 16, 2021) — Park International Center for Music (Park ICM) announced today that their 2021-2022 Season would once again open at the premiere location to hear classical music in Kansas City, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Read Full Press Release Here

Park University brings out its biggest names for new classical music season

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Kenny Broberg takes first prize at 2021 American Pianists Awards

Indianapolis, IN (June 28, 2021) — American Pianists Association has named Kenny Broberg the 2021 American Pianists Awards winner, recipient of the Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis on June 27, 2021. Read Full Press Release Here

Park University International Center for Music Graduate Kenny Broberg Announced as Finalist in American Pianists Awards Competition

Chloe Rabinowitz, Broadway World Kansas City (June 1, 2021) — Kenny Broberg, a graduate student in Park University’s International Center for Music and one of the most highly decorated pianists in the world under the age of 30, is one of five finalists in the upcoming American Pianists Association’s 2021 American Pianists Awards.

Park Senior Excels In Competition

Bob Evans, KC Applauds (June 1, 2021) — Kenny Broberg, a graduate student in Park University’s International Center for Music and one of the most highly decorated pianists in the world under the age of 30, is one of five finalists in the upcoming American Pianists Association’s 2021 American Pianists Awards.

5 of the U.S.’s best young pianists will perform in Indy. Their stories will inspire you.

Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star (June 7, 2021) — Indianapolis will have the rare opportunity to see five of the nation’s best pianists just as their careers are taking flight.

Park University Graduate Student—Kenny Broberg—a finalist in American Pianists Awards

Jacob Martin, The Pitch (June 3, 2021) — Kenny Broberg, a graduate student in Park University’s International Center for Music, is one of five finalists in the upcoming American Pianists Association’s 2021 American Pianists Awards. Broberg is regarded as one of the top pianists in the world under the age of 30 and has played around the world.

Local graduate student has ‘keys’ to success

BRYAN TERRY, KCTV5 (June 6, 2021) — A Park University graduate student is one of five finalists performing in the 2021 American Pianists Awards.

Park University International Center for Music Graduate Student Kenny Broberg is Finalist in American Pianists Awards Competition

Parkville, Mo.—June 1, 2021 — Kenny Broberg, a graduate student in Park University’s International Center for Music and one of the most highly decorated pianists in the world under the age of 30, is one of five finalists in the upcoming American Pianists Association’s 2021 American Pianists AwardsRead Full Press Release

Park ICM’s Season Ending Concert a Spring Delight for Classical Music Lovers

KANSAS CITY, MO (April 9, 2021) — Park International Center for Music (Park ICM) announced today that their 2020-2021 Season would end with their first in-person concert since the theaters went dark in March 2020. Read Full Press Release

LIGHTS, CAMERA, JETÉ: FILM IS OFFERING LOCAL PERFORMERS NEW MEANS OF EXPRESSION

KANSAS CITY, MO (April, 2021) — After local arts organizations got over the shock of not being able to perform in their normal manner, they began setting up cameras everywhere: streaming performances live, filming them to share on the web, or creating both live and “archived” versions at the same time. Today, more than a year into this “age of innovation” for the arts, savvy groups have begun to realize that the act of filming a performance is actually an opportunity to create something new. Read Full Article

Park International Center for Music Presents Sensational Concert For the Piano Lover Featuring the Entire Piano Studio of Park ICM

KANSAS CITY, MO (March 5, 2021) — Park International Center for Music (Park ICM) announced today that their 2020-2021 Season would continue on March 24th with an entire concert devoted to piano lovers. The concert is free and freely available at Park ICMRead Full Press Release

Park International Center for Music Marches in Like a Lion With International Sensation Behzod Abduraimov Plus An Evening of Music in the Crossroads Featuring the Art of Jason Pollen

KANSAS CITY, MO (February 8, 2021) — Park International Center for Music (Park ICM) announced today that their 2020-2021 Season would continue in March with two wonderful ways to experience classical music both free and freely available at Park ICM. Read Full Press Release

Valentines Bounty for Classical Music Lovers

KANSAS CITY, MO (January 12, 2021) Park International Center for Music (Park ICM) announced today that their 2021 Season would continue in February by offering not one, but two special Valentine’s concerts. Read Full Press Release

MEDIA ALERT! Park ICM Announces RECORD FIVE winners of Prestigious International Music Competitions In Virtual Concert, Thursday, January 21

KANSAS CITY, MO (December 14, 2020) — Because of COVID-19, Park University was not able to publicly celebrate these award winners. But our loss is your gain as we are taking our celebration to the clouds. You can watch their performances in the comfort and safety of your home Thursday, January 21st, 7:30 p.m., during this virtual concert broadcast from the 1900 Building. Read Full Press Release

October Offerings for Classical Music Lovers

KANSAS CITY, MO (October 5, 2020) — Park International Center for Music (Park ICM) announced today that their 2020 Season would continue in October by offering not one, but two special fall concerts. Read Full Press Release

Park ICM Announces October Concerts

by BWW News Desk (Oct. 5 2020) — After their acclaimed concert, Stanislav & Friends, knocked the socks off audiences in September, Park International Center for Music (Park ICM) announced today that their 2020 Season would continue in October by offering not one, but two special fall concerts.   Read Full Article

Virtual concert puts you front row for world class music – KCTV News 5

KANSAS CITY, MO (Sep 23, 2020) — Experience world class music from the comfort of your home! Meet artist-in-residence and concert pianist Behzod Abduraimov ahead of “Stanislav and Friends” — a virtual concert benefiting Park International Center for Music. https://icm.park.edu/

Park ICM Concert Stanislav & Friends to be Held at Boulevard Drive-In September 17

KANSAS CITY, MO (July 29, 2020) — Stanislav Ioudentich, Founder and Artistic Director of Park International Center for Music, announced today that the organization’s opening concert would indeed take place, albeit revamped. Stanislav & Friends will now take place at the Boulevard Drive-In (1051 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, KS). Gate opens at 6:00 p.m. Tickets start at $50 for two patrons in one car and can be purchased at Park ICM 2020 Gala Drive In.  See Full Press Release

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A SECRET NO LONGER: INTERNATIONAL FAME IS SHINING LIGHT ON SLEEPY PARKVILLE

Paul Horsley, The Independent (July 2020) — When you’re selling a somewhat offbeat product, sometimes the biggest challenge is explaining to people what it is and why they need it. When it comes to marketing, publicity, and fundraising for Park University’s International Center for Music, one obstacle to spreading awareness about it locally has been its uniqueness: There’s nothing quite like it, here or anywhere else.   Read Full Article

Student at Park University already has stellar concert career. This news thrilled him

By Terry Blain, Special to the Star Tribune (June 23, 2020) —In an “act of immense generosity,” the American Pianists Association offers a financial lifeline to Kenny Broberg and four other finalists.   Read Full Article | Download PDF

Student at Park University already has stellar concert career. This news thrilled him

KANSAS CITY, MO (June 19, 2020) — Kenny Broberg, a graduate student at Park University’s International Center of Music, who already has a stellar concert career, recently received some very welcome news. He’s been awarded $50,000 for being a finalist in the 2021 American Pianists Award.  Read Full Article | Download PDF

Student at Park University already has stellar concert career. This news thrilled him

Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star (June 18, 2020) — In a world without the coronavirus, the lead-up to the 2021 American Pianists Awards would have proceeded as it has in previous years. But this is a world where the coronavirus is very much present. So while the first part of the competition went off as usual in early March, the rest will be different. Namely, the American Pianists Association’s president and board of directors are awarding each finalist $50,000 before the winner is chosen.  Read Full Article | Download PDF

American Pianists Association Awards $50,000 To All Five 2021 Finalists

The Violin Channel (June 16, 2020) — In a world without the coronavirus, the lead-up to the 2021 American Pianists Awards would have proceeded as it has in previous years. But this is a world where the coronavirus is very much present. So while the first part of the competition went off as usual in early March, the rest will be different. Namely, the American Pianists Association’s president and board of directors are awarding each finalist $50,000 before the winner is chosen.  Read Full Article | Download PDF

American Pianists Association Awards 50K To Five Awards Finalists

by BWW News Desk (June 12, 2020) — In response to the dire situation that musicians are living in, American Pianists Association’s (APA’s) President/CEO and Artistic Director Joel Harrison and its board of directors have awarded each of the five 2021 American Pianists Awards finalists a cash prize of $50,000 before they even begin the Awards public adjudication process.  Read Full Article | PDF

MEDIA ALERT! Kenny Broberg Awarded Cash Prize

KANSAS CITY, MO (June 12, 2020) — American Pianists Awards’ President/CEO and Artistic Director Joel Harrison and its board of directors have awarded the five 2021 American Pianists Awards finalists—Dominic Cheli, Kenny Broberg, Mackenzie Melemed, Michael Davidman and Sahun Sam Hong—a cash prize of $50,000  See Full Press Release

Park ICM Announces RECORD FIVE winners of Prestigious International Music Competitions

KANSAS CITY, MO (May 8, 2020) — In 2019-2020, Park University’s International Center for Music had five students win top prizes in some of the most prestigious international music competitions in the world.This is a success ratio not enjoyed by any other music conservatory in the country.

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Carlsen Center, Park University’s music center make bold plans with 2020-21 season

PATRICK NEAS, SPECIAL TO THE STAR (April 19, 2020) — Exciting things also are happening at the Park University’s International Center for Music. The prestigious school, which fine-tunes superb musicians into international concert hall stars, has just announced a new season.   See Full Article

Park ICM Unveils An Eventful 2020-2021 Season Starting This September

, IN Kansas City (April 23, 2020) — You know what makes the world go ’round? Music! Fortunately, Park International Center for Music (Park ICM) has given us something to look forward to once this coronavirus culture is over.  Read Full Article

Park International Center for Music Announces 2020-2021 Season and New Executive Director

KANSAS CITY, MO (April 20, 2020) — Park International Center for Music (Park ICM) announced today that their 2020-2021 Season would once again kick off in September at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts with Stanislav & Friends.  See Full Press Release

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American Pianists Association Announces ICM’s Kenny Broberg as Finalist

The American Pianists Association’s President/CEO and Artistic Director, Joel Harrison, announces the five pianists who will be finalists for the 2021 American Pianists Awards.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN [Wednesday, March 11, 2020] – Dominic Cheli, Kenny Broberg, Mackenzie Melemed, Michael Davidman and Sahun Sam Hong will participate in the organization’s unique 13-month long competition for the coveted award, given every four years to a classical pianist. Read Full Press Release

Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Meets London International Gold Medalist In Special Performance at 1900 Building

Park ICM Founder & Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch Invites Friend Violinist Miriam Fried To Appear With Him in Rare KC Concert

KANSAS CITY, MO (December 11, 2019) — Park International Center for Music (Park ICM) announced today that their 2019-2020 Season would resume in January with a special performance for 300 lucky individuals at the 1900 Building. Read Full Press Release

MEDIA ALERT – Pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim In Concert at 1900 Building November 16th

KANSAS CITY, MO (November 5, 2019) — Described by BBC Music Magazine as “one of the leading pianists of his generation,” von Arnim will perform a rare concert in Kansas City. Read Full Press Release

A concerto, a lullaby, a symphony

NEW YORK, NY (October 28, 2019) — How did Behzod Abduraimov get to be twenty-eight already? Two seconds ago, it seems, he was a teen. But he is indeed twenty-eight, and on Friday night he played the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 at Carnegie Hall.  Read Full Article

Park International Center for Music To Present Pianist Behzod Abduraimov at Intimate 1900 Building

KANSAS CITY, MO (Sept 24, 2019) — Park International Center for Music (Park ICM) announced today that their 2019-2020 performance season at midtown’s intimate 1900 Building would kick off with a very unusual opportunity. Internationally renowned pianist, Behzod Abduraimov, will preview the repertoire he will be playing for his solo recital scheduled for December 10 in Carnegie Hall.  See Full Press Release

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Park University’s Master Musicians Give Stunning and Memorable Concert

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KANSAS CITY, MO (Sept 21, 2019)

International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition Bronze Medalist to Perform in KC

KANSAS CITY, MO (August 26, 2019) — Kenny Broberg, Van Cliburn Silver Medalist, Park ICM piano master’s candidate, and, most recently, International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition Bronze Medalist, will return to perform for Kansas City audiences as part of Stanislav & Friends, September 20, in Helzberg Hall.  See Full Press Release

RUSSIANKANSASCITY.COM, LANA YEAGER, SEPT 6, 2019

Ioudenitch, Abduraimov and Broberg to appear in a star-studded concert in Kansas City
On September 20, 2019 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, classical music lovers will enjoy an unprecedented musical evening in Kansas City, at “Stanislav and Friends.”
http://www.russiankansascity.com/articles/ioudenitch-abduraimov-and-broberg-to-appear-in-a-star-studded-concert-in-kansas-city | View PDF

Park ICM Student to Compete in FINALS of Prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

KANSAS CITY, MO (May 24, 2019) — Kenny Broberg, Van Cliburn silver medalist and Park ICM piano master’s candidate, has made the finals of the Tchaikovsky International Competition!   See Full Press Release

Park ICM Announces 2019-2020 Concert Season in The Kansas City Star

Park University’s International Center for Music is an amazing school. Under the guidance of its founder and piano studio director, Stanislav Ioudenitch, the center takes brilliant young musicians already in the upper echelon of performers and leads them to an even higher level of virtuosity…  Read Full Article

Park ICM Student to Compete in Prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition

KANSAS CITY, MO (May 21, 2019) — Stanislav Ioudenitch, Director of Piano at the Park International Center for Music, confirmed today that Kenny Broberg, Van Cliburn Silver Medalist and Park ICM piano master’s candidate, was among the 24 piano competitors announced recently by the jurors of The International Tchaikovsky Competition.

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Park ICM Student to Compete in Prestigious Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KANSAS CITY, MO (March 15, 2019) — Roger Kugler, Director of the Park International Center for Music, confirmed today that Park ICM violin master’s candidate Laurel Gagnon was among the competitors announced Wednesday by the jurors of the Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition. The 82-year-old competition is held every four years in Brussels and begins on April 29th, 2019. “Laurel’s invitation to participate in this year’s Queen Elisabeth competition is a testament to her exceptional talent, work ethic and extraordinary dedication to her art,” said Dr. Kugler. “She is one of only nine competitors from the United States. Thus we are very excited and pleased that the International Center for Music at Park University has a student representing the University and the Kansas City metro in the most prestigious violin competition in the world.” View Full Press Release

435 Magazine, March 1, 2019

435 Magazine’s March 2019 “What it’s like to be…” feature is a candid insight into the life of a concert pianist, Park ICM’s own Artist in Residence, Behzod Abduraimov. Enjoy our exclusive behind-the-scenes video feature of the interview:

KCUR, Julie Denesha, December 5, 2013

Partners In Music: Ben Sayevich And Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich

The Pitch, Libby Hanssen, January 16, 2019

Map out the first half of 2019 with this handy guide to Kansas City classical music events
Behzod Abduraimov makes The Pitch’s list of “must see” concerts in early 2019.
https://www.thepitchkc.com/arts-entertainment/music/article/21040266/map-out-the-first-half-of-2019-with-this-handy-guide-to-kansas-city-classical-music-events  |  View PDF

Kansas City Star – Arts & Culture, Patrick Neas, January 12, 2019

Pianist Behzod Abduraimov will feed your inner romantic in upcoming KC show
https://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article224125890.html |  View PDF

TheRussianAmerica.com, Lana Yeager, Jan. 3, 2019

“Grateful to music, fate and listeners!”
Pianist Behzod Abduraimov about himself and the upcoming concert in Kansas City.
http://therussianamerica.com/russian_newscenter/articles/2019/01/03/blagodaren-muzyke-sudbe-i-slushatelyam | View PDF (Mechanical English Translation)

Kansas City Star, Classical Music & Dance, Patrick Neas, December 30, 2018

Emanuel Ax, exotic Bizet and Rome: The 10 biggest classical events of 2019
The Kansas City Star has chosen 10 performances out of a plethora of musical events, including Behzod Abduraimov, winner of the London International Piano Competition and product of Park University’ International Center for Music, who will present a program called “Love and Death.”
https://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article223550095.html | View PDF

RussianKansasCity.com, Lana Yeager, Sept 20, 2018
International Midwest Magazine, Lana Yeager, Sept 21, 2018

World-renowned pianist Vladimir Viardo will perform in “the noble style” of Russian piano on September 21st at 1900 Building

This Friday at the 1900 Building, one of the most outstanding pianists of modern times, Vladimir Viardo, will perform a concert of works by Schubert and Debussy and a Master Class centered on works by Liszt and Prokofiev.
http://www.internationalmidwest.com/im-magazine-arts/category/im-magazine-arts | http://www.russiankansascity.com/articles | View IM Magazine PDF ;  View RussianKansascity.com PDF

KC Studio, Libby Hanssen, July 16, 2018

Honors: Laurel Gagnon

The Park University Graduate Student Placed Fourth in the Singapore International Violin Competition in January
http://kcstudio.org/honors-laurel-gagnon/  |  View PDF

Kansas City Star, PATRICK NEAS, May 18, 2018

KC Symphony’s Celebration at the Station starts off summer with a boom.
http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article211460589.html  |  View PDF

KCUR, Julie Denesha, April 27, 2018

Young Classical Musicians Welcome New Concert Home In Iconic Kansas City Office Building
http://kcur.org/post/young-classical-musicians-welcome-new-concert-home-iconic-kansas-city-office-building#stream/0  |  View PDF

TownLively.com, April 2, 2018

Piano Competition Medalist Will Perform
https://www.townlively.com/piano-competition-medalist-will-perform/  |  View PDF

Hawaii Tribune Herald, March 22, 2018

Kahilu Theatre to present 2017 Van Cliburn silver medalist Kenny Broberg
http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2018/03/22/features/kahilu-theatre-to-present-2017-van-cliburn-silver-medalist-kenny-broberg/  |  View PDF

Cannon Beach Gazette, David Robinson, November 20, 2017

Park ICM Grad Student Vladislav Kosminov Draws Rave Reviews in Oregon Concert.

http://www.dailyastorian.com/CBG/opinions/20171115/kosminov-in-concert |  View PDF

KC Studio Magazine, Alice Thorson, September 2017 Highlight

When was the last time you got to witness the first steps of an international star in the making? Even more amazingly, one who was trained by the award-winning masters right here at the Park International Center for Music in Metro Kansas City?
http://kcstudio.org/kenny-broberg-perform-kansas-city-folly-theater-september-10-400-pm/
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KC Metropolis.org, Jordan Buchholtz, review, September 11, 2017

Jordan Buchholtz gave two thumbs up to Kenny Broberg’s Kansas City debut at the Folly saying, “His strong and satisfying sound at the piano along with clear and sensible phrasing, made for an exquisite concert Sunday afternoon at the Folly Theater.”
http://kcmetropolis.org/issue/september-13-2017/article/simply-superb1
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Fort Hays State University News, September 11, 2017 

Dr. Shokhrukh Sadikov combines contemporary experience, changing emotions and classical style to create his new album, “Stozel, Schumnann, Brahms.” http://www.fhsu.edu/news/FHSU-s-Sadikov-releases-album/  |  View PDF

KCMetropolis.org, Don Dagenais, August 29, 2017

Van Cliburn Competition silver medalist Kenny Broberg from Park University’s International Center for Music swings into action at the Folly Theater for his first solo recital in Kansas City.  http://kcmetropolis.org/issue/september-6-2017/article/music-through-mid-september12  |  View PDF

Los Angeles Times, Richard S. Ginell, Augut 16, 2017

Behzod Abduraimov, the 26-year-old Uzbeki keyboardist who made his splash in the piano world in the usual way – tackling the big Russian piano concertos – got around to bringing the biggest of the bunch, the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, to the Hollywood Bowl Tuesday night.
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-phil-abduraimov-review-20170816-story.html  | View PDF

The Independent Magazine– Paul Horsley, August 6, 2017

Feel like “raging against the machine” this Fall? Art is your best recourse! So get out your desk calendars, cell phones, IPads and whatnot and start marking down some of our must-sees. You’ll thank us later!
http://www.kcindependent.com/food-for-mind-and-soul-these-arts-highlights-can-brighten-your-fall/  |  View PDF

Kansas City Star, Jacob Gedetsis, August 1, 2017

Park University graduate student Kenny Broberg, a native of Minnesota, was the silver medalist in the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in June. Now he’s focusing on a career in music.
http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article164756492.html  | View PDF

KC Independent Magazine, Paul Horsley, July 28, 2017

The making of every great musician involves natural talent, assiduous practice and, perhaps most important of all, teachers whose influences mold an artist through intelligence, caring attention and a deep understanding both of music and of career-building.
http://www.kcindependent.com/master-in-the-works-after-following-in-teachers-footsteps-to-cliburn-medal-park-university-student-to-make-kc-recital-debut/  |  View PDF

KCUR-FM, “Up To Date” With Steve Kraske, July 26, 2017

Download the MP3 recording HERE.

http://kcur.org/post/keeping-your-vote-safe-and-park-university-pianist-stands-out-international-competition  |  View PDF

Kansas City Star, Ian Cummings, June 11, 2017

Park University music student Kenneth Broberg, a Minneapolis native, won the silver medal Saturday in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas.
http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/performing-arts/article155583669.html  |  View PDF

Kansas City Star, Jacob Gedetsis, June 6, 2017

Weekend Top Pick – Park Grad Student is One of 6 Finalists in Van Cliburn Piano Competition
http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article154719304.html  |  View PDF