Event Description

This October, Avery Fisher Career Grant–winning violinist Alexi Kenney returns to The Lensic for this season’s first concert recital. His selections range from the long-beloved E Major Partita by Bach—a technical showstopper for solo violin—to rarer works like Crumb’s Four Nocturnes, a delicate and birdlike meditation, featuring the subtle integration of many of Crumb’s inspired extended techniques, like having the soloist tap the violin as a percussive element. Kenney’s program also features more traditionally emotive works: Schubert’s Fantasy in C Major sets one of the composer’s most romantic art songs for solo violin and piano.

 BACH Partita No. 3 in E Major
 CRUMB Four Nocturnes (Night Music II)
 SCHUBERT Fantasy in C Major
 SALONEN Lachen verlernt
 RESPIGHI Sonata in B Minor
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Alexi Kenney 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the 2013 CAG Competition

The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Alexi Kenney has been praised by the New York Times for “immediately drawing listeners in with his beautifully phrased and delicate playing.” His win at the 2013 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition at the age of nineteen led to a critically acclaimed debut recital at Carnegie Weill Hall. Read more…

Renana Gutman “passionate and insightful” “vigorous interpretation” —New York Times

Praised by the New York Sun for playing “with great vigor and aplomb” and for the “true poetry in her phrasing,” Renana Gutman has performed across three continents as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and collaborative artist.

A top prize winner at Los Angeles Liszt competition, International Keyboard Festival in New York, and Tel-Hai Internationl Master Classes, she has performed with orchestras including Jerusalem Symphony, Haifa Symphony, Belgian “I Fiamminghi”, Mannes College Orchestra.

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The Symphony welcomes virtuosic violinist Alexi Kenney to The Lensic’s stage once more. Showing his incredible technical range, Kenney will perform not only Haydn’s heroic Violin Concerto in C Major but also Dvořák’s Romance in F Minor, a brief work that ranges from delicate to passionate. Also in F minor, Shostakovich’s First Symphony remains witty and fresh to this day, despite the composer’s youth at its completion. Rounding out the performance will be Berlioz’s swashbuckling concert overture Le Corsaire.

Berlioz, Haydn, Dvořák & Shostakovich Virtuoso violinist and recipient of a prestigious 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, ALEXI KENNEY, returns to Santa Fe to show his incredible technical range performing not only Haydn’s heroic Concerto for Violin but also Dvořák’s delicate and passionate Romance. 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.” His win at the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition at the age of nineteen led to a critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Hall. One week later, Alexi Kenney takes center stage for a special performance with critically acclaimed pianist Renana Gutman at our first Concert Recital of the new year taking place on Sunday, October 22, at 4:00 pm.