Alexi Kenney graces the Merrill stage this year.

Alexi Kenney is joined by Renana Gutman for a night to remember

The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Alexi Kenney is hailed as “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 19 years old led to a critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut. His reputation continues to grow through lauded appearances with symphonies across the country, including Detroit, Columbus, California, Santa Fe, and the Las Vegas Philharmonic, as well as recitals at the Kennedy Center and the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. Kenney is joined by pianist Renana Gutman, who’s blazed a trail across four continents with her “passionate and insightful playing” (The New York Times).

The New York Times decrees Alexi Kenney as, “Acutely musical and technically unassailable.”

The Times also calls Alexi “A spellbinding, thoroughly honest performance that revealed his architect’s eye for structure and space and a tone that ranges from the achingly fragile to full-bodied robustness .”

Born in Palo Alto, California in 1994, Alexi Kenney holds a Bachelor of Music and an 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. He plays on 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.

Enjoy Alexi Kenney as he plays Bach Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor.

Portland Ovations is bringing this tour to Merrill Auditorium right here in Portland Maine. You can find out about membership options here to save on ticket prices on this show and other Portland Ovations performances.