Ukrainian violinist Aleksey Semenenko is praised for performances replete with “verve, wit, delicatesse, and beautiful phrasing” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer). First Prize Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he joins the elite YCA roster and is presented this season in debuts in New York at Merkin Hall, in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center, and in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Mr. Semenenko was awarded three YCA performance prizes: at the Paramount Theatre in Vermont, with the Friends of Music Concerts in Sleepy Hollow, NY, and at the Usedom Music Festival in Germany. This season, he also appears in recital at the Port Washington Library, Rockefeller University, the Vero Beach Museum of Art, the First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach and La Grua Center for the Arts.

Mr. Semenenko has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Moscow Virtuosi, the Kiev National Orchestra, the Junge Philharmonie in Cologne, and the Sinfonietta Hungarica, among others. 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. In 2007, Mr. Semenenko performed the violin solo from John William’s “Schindler’s List” with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra under Hobart Earle in Hamburg. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Semenenko founded the Stolyarsky Quartet, which has given concerts in Russia, the Ukraine, France, Malta, and Switzerland.

Mr. Semenenko’s honors include First Prize in the 2012 European Young Concert Artists Auditions in Leipzig, Germany, the Alois Kottmann Award at the 2010 International Day of Music Festival in Hofheim, Germany, the Grand Prix of the 2006 National Violin Competition in Lviv, Ukraine.

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 1760-70 Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi violin, loaned to him by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben fund of Hamburg, Germany. 


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