ALEXI KENNEY JOINS CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER'S CMS TWO PROGRAM

03.30.17
Alexi Kenney
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER DAVID FINCKEL AND WU HAN, ARTISTIC DIRECTORS ANNOUNCES

EIGHT EXCEPTIONAL YOUNG ARTISTS CHOSEN FOR CMS TWO RESIDENCY PROGRAM

AUDITION WINNERS TO JOIN CMS INTERGENERATIONAL ARTIST ROSTER FOR THREE-YEAR RESIDENCY BEGINNING IN 2018-2019 SEASON


The Chamber Music Society is pleased to announce the appointment of eight outstanding young artists to its prestigious CMS Two program beginning with the 2018-2019 season. They are pianist Lise de la Salle; violinists Francisco Fullana, Alexi Kenney, and Angelo Xiang Yu; cellist David Requiro; bassist Xavier Foley; flutist Adam Walker; and clarinetist Sebastian Manz. Chosen from an international pool of applicants by a distinguished panel of performers, educators, and artistic administrators headed by Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han, each is an award-winning performer with exceptional musical training and a significant career.

Appointment to the three-year CMS Two residency program affords the young artists three full seasons of extraordinary opportunities to participate in every facet of CMS, including performances on all of CMS’s New York series, in CMS’s US and international concert tours, including residencies and festivals, in recordings on both the in-house CMS Studio Recordings label and the CMS Live! digital download series, in concert broadcasts on CMS’s 52-week syndicated radio series, Sirius XM, and on American Public Media’s Performance Today, television broadcasts on Live From Lincoln Center, and numerous educational activities. Their depth of involvement reflects the ongoing commitment of CMS to build a vibrant future for its art form by expanding its artistic family to include the most extraordinary and dedicated young chamber musicians.

CMS Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han commented on the selection:
The astoundingly high level of this year’s applicants leaves no doubt that CMS Two is the ultimate program for young chamber musicians of today. It has also become the primary source for the evolving family of CMS performers. The experience of a CMS Two artist combines absorbing traditions with raising the standards of performance ever higher, all the while becoming a passionate, committed advocate for the art form. We are thrilled to welcome these eight extraordinary new artists into our midst.

Violinist Alexi Kenney (b. 1994) is a 2016 recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has also won top prizes at the 2012 Yehudi Menuhin International Competition, the 2010 Mondavi Competition, and the 2013 Kronberg Academy master classes. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music where he is currently in its selective Artist Diploma program. His former teachers include Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried.

For more information on the CMS Two program and the other recipients, click here.