Twenty-three year old violinist Alexi Kenney, a recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, is the Santa Fe Symphony’s special guest for two October programs.
On October 15, Kenney collaborates with the orchestra led by Guillermo Figueroa in a performance of works by Haydn, Dvorak, Berlioz and Shostakovich.
“The Santa Fe Symphony allowed me to choose the repertoire, which was really wonderful,” says Kenney. “Although I have a diverse repertoire, I particularly like playing Baroque and Classical music. I find it so fresh, joyful and emotionally raw. I feel a kinship between Haydn and Dvorak, which is why I wanted works by those two composers on the program.”
Pianist Renana Gutman, a top prize winner at the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, joins Kenney on stage on October 22 for a recital that features pieces by Bach, Crumb, Schubert, Salonen and Respighi.
“I love collaborating with orchestras and chamber musicians,” says Kenney, who began to fully appreciate the art of playing music with others during the seven years he participated in the summer chamber music festival Music@Menlo. “It’s a beautiful, social experience. I often get together with musician friends to play chamber music on our off time. Even when I am playing a solo work, I view it as playing chamber music with myself.”
Born in California’s Bay Area in 1994, Kenney holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston. In addition to playing with the Santa Fe Symphony this season, he debuts with the Detroit, Columbus, California and Amarillo symphonies.
Kenney recently joined the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center after auditioning for the three-year appointment.