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Kirsten Soriano Broberg

Denton, TX         

“Her music has been described as haunting, stunning, and picturesque—even ineffable. It casts a spell on us that leaves time behind, taking us into a different kind of present, a different kind of now (Alison Young, Minnesota Public Radio).”  The music of Kirsten Soriano Broberg has been performed by internationally recognized ensembles such as the Kronos Quartet, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Crossing Contemporary Choir, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Jack Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, the New Millennium Orchestra, the Sonic Inertia Dance and Performance Group, Third Coast Percussion, the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra,  the Saint Olaf Philharmonia Orchestra and the SUNY Stony Brook Chamber Players.  Her music has been heard at events such as Composers Voice at Carnegie Hall in New York, New York; Nuovi Spazi Festival at the American Academy in Rome, Italy; the Ensems Festival for Contemporary Music in Valencia, Spain; Sonic Fusion Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland; the International Contemporary Ensemble New York and Chicago ICE Fests; the June in Buffalo Festival in Buffalo, New York; Sonic Impact at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Illinois; Electronic Music Midwest Conference in Chicago, Illinois; the Sound Field New and Experimental Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois, and the Opera Cabal Multimedia Festival in Chicago, Illinois.
Among Kirsten Soriano Broberg’s honors are the receiving the Fromm Foundation Commissioning Grant from Harvard University, the “Composer Choice” award from Symphony No. One, three Encore Grants from the American Composers Forum, winning, two William T. Faricy Awards at Northwestern University, three Wyatt fund grants from Northwestern University, first place in the Accent ’04 International Call for String Quartets at Cincinnati Conservatory, first place in the University of Minnesota Call for Orchestral Scores and being selected for the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute.  
Minnesota Public Radio’s Alison Young featured her music in a broadcast and live interview entitled “Kirsten Broberg gets her Big Break” in 2013.  Trevor Hunter with the American Music Center released the article and radio broadcast, “Kirsten Broberg in the Abstract” in 2009.  Kirsten Soriano Broberg’s solo piano piece, “Constellations,” recorded by Matthew McCright, was released by Innova Records in May 2009; her choir piece “Breathturn,” recorded by conductor Donald Nally and the Crossing Contemporary Choir was released by Parma/Navona records 2011.   Her suite, “Color and Texture” for chamber ensemble, recorded by TrioPolis was released by Fleur de Son Classics in 2018 and her Waters of Time and Dream-Paths cycles will be released in 2020.

Kirsten Soriano Broberg earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music theory/composition and a minor in creative writing from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota in 2001; a Master of Arts in music composition from the University of Minnesota in 2003; and graduated with honors with a doctorate in music composition at Northwestern University.  Her primary composition instructors at Northwestern University included Augusta Read Thomas, Jason Eckardt and Jay Alan Yim.  She also studied music composition privately with Kaija Saariaho, Tristan Murail and Philippe Hurel in France in summer 2013. Kirsten Broberg is currently an Associate Professor in Music Composition and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Music at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.

Contellations–>Celestial Dawning from the Natura cycle

This is the final work in an eleven-part cycle entitled Natura. Aspects of nature inspire all of the pieces within the Natura cycle and this movement explores the formative moments of a solar system, culminating in the development of life on a single planet. The work contains a series of picturesque scenes that transform
from one into the next, unfolding gradually in the same fashion as the heavens taking their shape (from a program note by Sean Morrison).

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I Carry Your Heart for SSAATTBB chorus, cello and piano

Text painting techniques from this poem by E. E. Cummings include references to the moon and the sun with the melodic line raises upward. When images of “the root of the root,” “the bud of the bud” and the “tree called life” are introduced, the vocal, cello and piano lines interweave with one another like roots then vines as they rise upward in a rhythmic pattern that creates hemiola and for the word “stars” the melodic line expands outward while the piano decorates the vocal lines with silvery grace notes.

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