Alexi Kenney, violin
Violinist Alexi Kenney commands attention with his distinctive poise, musical intellect, and thoughtful repertoire, attributes that contributed to his recent win at the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition at the age of nineteen. His numerous other awards include top prizes at the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition (2012), the Mondavi Center Competition (2010), and the 2013 Kronberg Academy master classes in Germany.
He was praised for his “beautiful, aching tone” by Strings magazine for his performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing. Alexi has given recitals at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Napa’s Festival del Sole, and the Mondavi Center, and he has been featured on NPR’s “From the Top.” Highlights of his 2014–15 season include concerto debuts with the Santa Fe and Roswell symphonies, a recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and chamber music performances at Schloss Elmau in Germany and with the Jupiter Chamber Players and the Omega Ensemble in New York.
Alexi has collaborated with artists including Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Gary Graffman, Wu Han, Frans Helmerson, Steven Isserlis, Kim Kashkashian, Steve Mackey, Christian Tetzlaff, and members of the Borromeo, Cleveland, Guarneri, and Takács Quartets at festivals such as Caramoor’s “Rising Stars,” Music@Menlo and its Winter Residency, “Chamber Music Connects the World” at the Kronberg Academy, and the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, with whom he went on tour in the U.S. and Cuba in spring 2014.
Born in Palo Alto, California, Alexi attends the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studies with Miriam Fried and Donald Weilerstein on the Richard Elias Scholarship. Previous teachers include Wei He, Jenny Rudin, and Natasha Fong.
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