Aleksey Semenenko, violin
Ukrainian violinist Aleksey Semenenko was just named a BBC New Generation Artist, a coveted award for “the world’s most promising new talent” that provides the opportunity for concerts in London and around the UK; to record with BBC performing groups; and to be featured at the Cheltenham and Edinburgh Festivals. He previously captured international attention as Second Prize Winner of the prestigious 2015 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition in Belgium. For his debut CD, French Treasures, released by ARS Produktion, Semenenko was lauded in The Strad for his “effortless virtuosity and finesse, heightened by beautifully drawn support from his partner Inna Firsova”.
Upcoming concerts in the United States include recitals at the Harvard Musical Association, Merkin Concert Hall, The Phillips Collection, a concerto appearance with the Spokane Symphony, and a return engagement with the Seattle Symphony. In Europe, Mr. Semenenko gives masterclasses at the Anton Rubinstein Music Academy in Düsseldorf, Germany, performs at Bonn University, and appears as soloist with the Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia in Spain, the Odessa Philharmonic in Ukraine, and the Dubrovnik Festival.
In 2016-2017, he toured in recital throughout the U.S., including at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York and in performance with the Seattle Symphony. In Europe, he appeared in recital in various countries, among Finland, France, Belgium, Germany, and in Luxembourg. He also appeared as soloist with the National Orchestra of Ukraine, the Odessa Philharmonic, the Pleven Philharmonic, and in his Berlin debut with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester.
Mr. Semenenko has appeared in recital at the Musée du Louvre in Paris and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and as soloist with orchestras abroad including the Moscow Virtuosi, the Kiev National Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Manfred Honeck, and the National Orchestra of Brussels under Hans Graff, as well as with U.S. orchestras including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall. Of this performance, The New York Times wrote: “Aleksey Semenenko opened the concert with an elegant account of Mozart’s Concerto No. 5. He played with unfailing purity of tone, but also with wonderful spontaneity and humor.”
In 2015 Semenenko performed Laureate concerts throughout Belgium with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège and the Brussels Philharmonic. In 2014 he appeared at the Interlaken Classics Festival in Switzerland as soloist with the Zakhar Bron Chamber Orchestra and toured Germany, performing recitals in the Best of NRW Series. At the 2011 Musik:Landschaft Westfalen Festival, he performed Paganini’s Concerto No. 2 with the National Philharmonic of Russia under Vladimir Spivakov, and was subsequently invited by the Spivakov Foundation to perform at the Kremlin in Moscow and at the Moscow International Performing Arts Center.
Most recently, Aleksey Semenenko & Inna Firsova became prize-winners of the 2016 Orlando Award of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival for “the best Achievement in Music”. Semenenko’s other honors include First Prize in the 2015 Boris Goldstein International Violin Competition, Musical America’s New Artist of the Month (March 2015), the Audience Prize at the 2015 Musical Olympus International Festival in St. Petersburg, and Second Prize at the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he was presented in debut recitals at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center.
Born in Odessa, Mr. Semenenko began his violin studies at the age of six with Zoya Mertsalova at the Stolyarsky School, and only a year later performed Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in A Minor with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra. He currently studies with Zakhar Bron at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. Mr. Semenenko plays a Stradivarius violin made in 1699, on loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben fund of Hamburg, Germany.
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