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With playing hailed as "gorgeous, finely detailed...positively ravishing, a marvel of emotional maturity and assurance" (San  Francisco  Classical Voice) and praised for its "true chamber music-making and a natural, honest sense of communication" (The Strad Magazine), American violinist Kenneth Renshaw has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the world, including the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie, the Lithuanian National Orchestra, the China Philharmonic, the China NCPA Orchestra, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the California Symphony, the American Philharmonic, and the Orquestra de Festival Ushuaia. He has given recitals at the Auditorium du Louvre, Brussels' Flagey Studios, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern-Festspiele, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, and has repeatedly been featured on the national radio stations of Germany, Belgium, Argentina, Lithuania, and the United States.Kenneth won First Prize and the EMCY Prize for Best Semifinal Recital at the 2012 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. He also won First Prize, the Mozart Concerto Prize, and the Sonata Prize at the 2010 Spohr International Violin Competitions, and First Prize at the 2009 Los Angeles Philharmonic's Bronislaw Kaper Awards, and was a Laureate of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition of Belgium.  

A passionate chamber musician, he has collaborated in performances with many esteemed artists, including pianist Leon Fleisher, violinists Shmuel Ashkenasi, Pamela Frank, Cho-Liang Lin, cellists Matt Heimovitz, Peter Wiley and Ralph Kirschbaum, violists Kim Kashkashian and Atar Arad, and flutist Sir James Galway. He was a member of the Soleil Piano Trio from 2008-2010, First Prize winners of the Mondavi Center for the Arts Chamber Music Competition. Kenneth was an Evnin Rising Star at the Caramoor Center for the Performing Arts (Katonah, NY) and has participated in the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute, the Perlman Music Program’s Residencies in Sarasota (Florida) and Stowe (Vermont), and the 2013 Kronberg Academy Violin Masterclasses. He will perform and study at the Verbier Festival Academy in the summer of 2016. 

Kenneth was Concertmaster of the internationally-acclaimed San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra from 2008-2010; he made his solo debut at  Davies Symphony Hall as winner of the orchestra's concerto competition in 2010. He has studied with Donald Weilertstein at the New England Conservatory, Itzhak Perlman at the Perlman Music Program, and Li Lin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is currently studying at the Juilliard School with Mr. Perlman and Mr. Lin as a recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. He currently plays a 1765 J.B. Guadagnini Violin on generous loan from the Juilliard School/Tarisio collection. 

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