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Alexi Kenney, violin with Amy Yang, piano

Concert

Tuesday, March 29, 2022  |  8:15 p.m.
Hockett Family Recital Hall

MASTERCLASS
Monday, March 28, 2022  |  7:00 p.m.
Hockett Family Recital Hall

The Artists

The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2020 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, 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 USA and abroad, and collaborating with some of the most celebrated musicians of our time.

In the 2021/22 Season, Alexi debuts as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, Virginia Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Eugene Symphony, and New Haven Symphony, returns to the Indianapolis Symphony, California Symphony, and Santa Fe Symphony, and appears at Wigmore Hall, Princeton University Concerts, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He also performs duo concerts with harpist Bridget Kibbey, and as a member of Owls, a new quartet collective with violist Ayane Kozasa, cellist Gabe Cabezas, and cellist-composer Paul Wiancko.

In 2021, Alexi released his first recording, Paul Wiancko’s X Suite for Solo Violin, accompanied by a visual album that pairs each of the seven movements of X Suite with seven contemporary sculptures, filmed on location at the Donum Estate in Sonoma, California.

In recent seasons, Alexi has performed as soloist with the Detroit Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and in a play-conduct role as guest leader of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. He has played recitals at Wigmore Hall, on Carnegie Hall’s ‘Distinctive Debuts’ series, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Phillips Collection, 92nd Street Y, Mecklenberg-Vorpommern Festival, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Winner of the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition and laureate of the 2012 Menuhin Competition, Alexi has been profiled by Musical America, Strings Magazine, and The New York Times, and has written for The Strad.

Chamber music continues to be a major part of Alexi’s life, performing at festivals including Bridgehampton, Caramoor, ChamberFest Cleveland, Chamber Music Northwest, Festival Napa Valley, La Jolla, Ojai, Kronberg, Music@Menlo, Ravinia, and Spoleto, as well as on tour with Musicians from Marlboro and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Born in Palo Alto, California in 1994, Alexi is a graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he received his Artist Diploma as a student of Miriam Fried and Donald Weilerstein. Previous teachers include Wei He, Jenny Rudin, and Natasha Fong. He plays a violin made in London by Stefan-Peter Greiner in 2009 and a bow by François-Nicolas Voirin.

Outside of music, Alexi enjoys hojicha, bauhaus interiors, baking for friends, and walking for miles on end in whichever city he finds himself, listening to podcasts and Bach on repeat.

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A “jaw-dropping pianist who steals the show…with effortless finesse” (Washington Post), Amy Yang shared the stage with Anne-Marie McDermott, Yefim Bronfman, Paul Neubauer, and the Dover Quartet in a myriad of performances at Bravo! Vail’s reimagined summer season. Additionally, she gave her solo debut as well as joined forces with the Jasper String Quartet in piano quintets by Tania Léon and Joan Tower for Philadelphia Chamber Music Society’s 35th season. She was also featured in a full episode with Emmy® Award-winning producer Jim Cotter of Articulate, aired on PBS in 2021. 2021 also brought about appearances with violinist Tessa Lark at Wigmore Hall, Gardner Museum, Cal Performances, Rockport Music Festival, and International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Series. Her upcoming solo and chamber appearances will include performing for Hawaii Concert Society, Chameleon Arts Ensemble, The Seattle Series, Coastal Concerts (DE), with violist Roberto Díaz and oboist Philippe Tondre for Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, recording a CD and performing with cellist Blaise Dejardin, playing with violinists Danbi Um and Paul Huang at Santa Fe Music Festival, Cleveland Chamber Music Society, and Chamber Music San Francisco. Collaborating with leading musicians, Ms. Yang toured with Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Tito Muñoz and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and premiered music by Michael Hersch at Cal Performances, Ojai Music Festival and Aldeburgh Festival. Additional collaborations include performances with Richard Goode, Anne-Marie McDermott, Ida and Ani Kavafian, Miriam Fried, Bomsori Kim, Roberto Díaz, Kim Kashkashian, Tessa Lark, Paul Neubauer, Tara Helen O’Conor, Joseph Silverstein, members of Guarneri String Quartet, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Dover Quartet, Aizuri String Quartet, Jasper String Quartet and A Far Cry. She has soloed with Houston Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony and Orquesta Juvenil Universitaria Eduardo Mata at UNAM. Ms. Yang has premiered music by Caroline Shaw, Avner Dorman, Michael Hersch, Ezra Laderman, Paul Wianko and Hua Yang. Festival appearances include Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Prussia Cove, Verbier Academy, Bravo! Vail, Chamber Music Northwest, Chelsea Music Festival, Caramoor, Olympic Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, among others. An active recording artist, her discography includes her solo album “Resonance” (MSR Classics), a world premiere recording of piano music by Ezra Laderman (Albany Records), live from Aldeburgh Festival recording of Michael Hersch’s “I hope we get a chance to visit soon” with Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Tito Muñoz (New Focus Recordings), albums with violinists Itamar Zorman (BIS Records), Tessa Lark (First Hand Records), Danbi Um, tubist Carol Jantsch, and clarinetist José Franch-Ballester (iTinerant Records). Ms. Yang is a member of the chamber music faculty at Curtis Institute of Music, where she previously held the roles of program director and piano faculty of Curtis Summerfest’s Young Artist Summer Program. If it weren’t for music, she’d be interested in becoming a painter or neuroscientist. www.amyjyang.com

The Program

l’Annonciation (Sonata I from Mystery Sonatas) Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Sonata in D Minor, op. 121 Robert Schumann
Distance de Fée Tōru Takemitsu
Violin Sonatina No. 1 in D Major Franz Schubert
Violin Sonata No. 5 in G Minor, op. 53 Mieczysław Weinberg
Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major Maurice Ravel