Aleksey Semenenko, violin
Ukrainian violinist Aleksey Semenenko is praised for passionate performances replete with “stunning technique and intonation, verve, wit, delicatesse, and beautiful phrasing” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), as well as consistently demonstrating “an unparalleled level of refined musicianship and stage presence” (The Strad). This was evidenced in his triumph at the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, where he captured Second Prize and went on to perform Laureate concerts throughout Belgium with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège and the Brussels Philharmonic. In 2016-2017, he performs recitals in the U.S. at the Morgan Library and Museum, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, and the Jewish Community Alliance in Florida, as well as concertos with the Long Bay Symphony and the Seattle Symphony. In Europe, he appears in Finland at the Korsholm Music Festival, in Croatia at the Dubrovnik Festival, in Luxembourg, where he performs chamber music with cellist Gary Hoffman and pianist Sabine Weyer, in France at Artepiano and MUSICAcité Festival, in Germany at Schloss Elmau, and as soloist with the National Orchestra of Ukraine, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, and the Pleven Philharmonic.
Mr. Semenenko has appeared in recital at the Musée du Louvre in Paris 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 Eastern Connecticut Symphony, the DuPage Symphony, the Meridian Symphony, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall, among others. Of his performance with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The New York Times wrote: “Aleksey Semenenko opened the concert with an elegant account of Mozart’s Concerto No. 5 and was also notable for a lively stage presence. He played with unfailing purity of tone, but also with wonderful spontaneity and humor.”
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. Mr. Semenenko performed the violin solo from John William’s “Schindler’s List” with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra in Hamburg. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Semenenko was a member of the Stolyarsky Quartet, which has given concerts in Russia, the Ukraine, France, Malta, and Switzerland.
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, the Alois Kottmann Award at the 2010 International Day of Music Festival in Hofheim, Germany, and the Grand Prix of the 2006 National Violin Competition in Lviv, Ukraine.
Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he was presented in debut recitals at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center. At the Auditions, he was also awarded special prizes resulting in performances at the Paramount Theatre, the Usedomer Musikfestival, and the Friends of Music Concerts. He has also appeared in recital at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Port Washington Library, Rockefeller University, the Vero Beach Museum of Art, the First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach, La Grua Center for the Arts, the Embassy Series, University of Florida Performing Arts, and Tannery Pond Concerts.
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, loaned to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben fund of Hamburg, Germany.
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