Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Alexi Kenney
Violin
BBT Award 2020

Alexi Kenney - Biography

The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, 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.”

The 2019/20 season sees Alexi performing as soloist with the Oregon, Virginia, New Haven, Hawaii, and California symphonies, presenting a solo violin and electronics recital at the 92nd Street Y, and returning to the Phillips Collection. In recent years, Alexi was soloist with the Detroit, Indianapolis, Columbus, Portland, and Omaha symphonies, the St. Paul and Lausanne Chamber orchestras, and gave recitals at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern festival. He has appeared as guest concertmaster of both the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Chamber music continues to be a major focus of Alexi’s life, performing at festivals including Marlboro, Bridgehampton, ChamberFest Cleveland, Festival Napa Valley, Kronberg, Music@Menlo, Prussia Cove, Ravinia, and Yellow Barn. He is a member of The Bowers Program at 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 studied with Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried. He plays a violin made in London by Stefan-Peter Greiner in 2009.

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

Photographs by Grittani Creative; Yang Bao