The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Alexi Kenney has been called “a talent to watch” by the New York Times, which also noted his “architect’s eye for structure and space and a tone that ranges from the achingly fragile to full-bodied robustness.” His win at the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition at the age of nineteen led to a critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Hall.
In the 2016-17 season Alexi appears as soloist with the Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Riverside, Santa Fe, Northwest Arkansas, and Tulare County symphonies, as well as A Far Cry and the Staatstheater Orchester in Cottbus, Germany. Recent recitals include those at Caramoor, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall in Boston, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. He has been profiled by Strings magazine and the New York Times, written for The Strad, and has been featured on Performance Today, WQXR-NY’s Young Artists Showcase, WFMT-Chicago, and NPR’s From the Top.
A passionate chamber musician, Alexi has performed at festivals including ChamberFest Cleveland, Festival Napa Valley, the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove (UK), Ravinia, Yellow Barn, and on tour with Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Institute and Musicians from Marlboro, collaborating with artists including Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Gary Graffman, Steven Isserlis, Kim Kashkashian, Gidon Kremer, and Christian Tetzlaff.
Born in Palo Alto, California in 1994, Alexi is completing his Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he also received his bachelor’s degree studying with Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried. Previous teachers include Wei He, Jenny Rudin, and Natasha Fong.