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Biography

Violinist Alexi Kenney  has been praised by the New York Times for  “…immediately drawing listeners in with his beautiful ly phrased and delicate playing.   These qualities, paired with  his distinctive poise, musical intellect, and thoughtful repertoire led to his win at the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition at the age of nineteen.

In 2014- 15 Alexi made his Carnegie Hall  recital  debut at Weill Hall and gave recitals on the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago,  Newtown Friends of Music (CT), Highfield Hall (MA), the Trust Performing Arts Center (PA), and at Brooklyn’s Barbes Bar . Concerto performances this season included those with the Santa  Fe Symphony, the  Hofheim Academy Orchestra in Bad Soden, Germany, and the Roswell Symphony in New Mexico. In summer  2015 Alexi will perform at the  Marlboro and Caramoor Music Festivals.

Alexi  has given recitals at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Napa’s Festival del Sole, and the Mondavi Center and has been featured on NPR’s “From the Top.” Recent c hamber music performances include those at Carnegie Hall, as part of a week-long residency s tudying with the Takács Quartet; the Isabella Stewart Gardner M useum and Jordan Hall in Boston; and tour with  Musicians from Ravinia's Steans Music Institute   and Miriam Fried .

Alexi has collaborated with  Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Gary Graffman, Wu Han, Frans Helmerson, Steven Isserlis, Kim Kashkashian, Gidon Kremer, and Christian Tetzlaff, and members of the Borromeo, Cleveland, Guarneri, and Takács Quartets  at festivals including Caramoor’s “Rising Stars,” Music@Menlo and its Winter Residency, and Yellow Barn. While at the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute, he was the youngest participant and a recipient of the Gene Witz memorial fellowship.

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 his  performance of the Sibelius Concerto with the China Phi lharmonic Orchestra in Beijing during the Menuhin Competition .

Born in Palo Alto, California, Alexi attends the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he will begin in its Artist Diploma program in fall 2015 studying with Donald Weilerstein  and Miriam Fried.  Previous teachers include Wei He, Jenny Rudin, and Natasha Fong.

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