Alexi Kenney


Alexi Kenney Photo credit: Yang Bao

The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2020 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, violinist Alexi Kenney is building a career that defies categorization, following his interests, intuition, and heart. He is equally at home creating experimental programs and commissioning new works, soloing with major orchestras in the US and abroad, and collaborating with some of the most celebrated musicians of our time. Recent and upcoming highlights as soloist include performances with the Pittsburgh, Detroit, Indianapolis, Columbus, Oregon, Sarasota, Virginia, New Haven, Portland, Omaha, and California symphonies, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and recitals at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, and the Phillips Collection. He has performed in a play-conduct role as guest leader of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared at festivals including Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Ojai, ChamberFest Cleveland, Bridgehampton, Kronberg, Prussia Cove, Ravinia, and Yellow Barn, and is an alum of CMS's Bowers Program. He has been profiled by the New York Times and Strings magazine, and written for The Strad. Born in Palo Alto, California, Kenney received an artist diploma from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried. He plays a violin made in London by Stefan-Peter Greiner in 2009.