“It would be unfair to say that someday Kenney will be a superstar. He already is.”
“A rising star, surely, is Alexi Kenney, an acutely musical and technically unassailable young American violinist who gave a solo recital ahead of Tuesday evening’s concert…But that was time enough for Mr. Kenney to offer a spellbinding, thoroughly honest performance…”
The New York Times
“A brilliantly understated soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3, his interpretation unmarred by any pretense or artifice. His flawless technique and the masterful tempo and feel of Falletta’s beat brought light and air to the concerto’s first movement, where Kenney’s cadenza eschewed pyrotechnics in favor of impeccable clarity of expression.”
“He has the warm, sumptuous tone that the Bruch demands, as well as the technique to move through this richly Romantic score as if it posed few challenges.”
Portland Press Herald
“Concomitant technical and musical purity.”
Santa Fe New Mexican
“…beautiful, aching tone.”
The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2020 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, violinist Alexi Kenney has been named “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.
Recent highlights include debuts with the Omaha Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Asheville Symphony, Bay Atlantic Symphony, and Wheeling Symphony, and his return to the Indianapolis Symphony. His recital engagements include the University of Florida, Union College (NY), and University of Southern Maine. Abroad, he will appear in recital with Orion Weiss at Wigmore Hall (London, UK) and debuts with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland). Alexi has appeared as soloist with the Detroit, Columbus, California, Amarillo, Jacksonville, Portland, Riverside, Santa Fe, and Tulare County symphonies, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the Staatstheater Orchestra of Cottbus, Germany, and A Far Cry. He has appeared in recital on Carnegie Hall’s ‘Distinctive Debuts’ series and at Caramoor, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall in Boston, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (CA), and 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.
Chamber music continues to be a main focus of Alexi’s life – he is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two). He tours with Musicians from Marlboro and musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Institute and regularly performs at festivals including ChamberFest Cleveland, Festival Napa Valley, the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, the Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove (UK), Ravinia, and Yellow Barn. He has collaborated with artists including Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Steven Isserlis, Kim Kashkashian, Gidon Kremer, and Christian Tetzlaff.
Born in Palo Alto, California in 1994, Alexi holds a Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied with Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried. Previous teachers include Wei He, Jenny Rudin, and Natasha Fong.