The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Alexi Kenney has been praised by the New York Times for “…immediately drawing listeners in with his beautifully phrased and delicate playing.” His win at the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition at the age of nineteen led to a critically acclaimed debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in March 2015.
Highlights of Alexi’s 2015-16 season included solo recitals at Jordan Hall and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and concerto engagements with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, Santa Maria Philharmonic, New York Classical Players, and the NEC Philharmonia, in a performance of John Adams’s Violin Concerto. This summer he will return to the Marlboro Music Festival and the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and will perform solo recitals at Festival Napa Valley and in David Geffen Hall as part of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival.
A passionate chamber musician, Alexi has performed at Caramoor, “Chamber Music Connects the World” at the Kronberg Academy, ChamberFest Cleveland, the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, and on tour with Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Institute, collaborating with artists including Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Gary Graffman, Steven Isserlis, Kim Kashkashian, Gidon Kremer, and Christian Tetzlaff. He has an upcoming tour with Musicians from Marlboro in 2017.
He is the recipient of top prizes at the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition (2012), the Mondavi Center Competition (2010), and the 2013 Kronberg Academy master classes. He was praised by Strings magazine for his “beautiful, aching tone” for a performance of the Sibelius Concerto with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing during the Menuhin Competition. He has given recitals at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Napa’s Festival del Sole, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess series, and the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, and has been featured on Performance Today, WQXR-NY’s Young Artist Showcase, WFMT-Chicago, and NPR’s From the Top.
Born in Palo Alto, California, in 1994, Alexi received his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he is currently the only violinist in its selective Artist Diploma program. At NEC he studies with Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried on the Charlotte F. Rabb Presidential Scholarship. Former teachers include Wei He, Jenny Rudin, and Natasha Fong.