Kenneth Renshaw, Biography

With playing hailed as “gorgeous...positively ravishing, a marvel of emotional maturity and assurance" (San Francisco Classical Voice) and praised for its “ true chamber music making, and a natural, honest sense of communication” (The Strad), New York-based violinist Kenneth Renshaw is an emerging artist who is recognized for his  emotional depth and intensity of performances.


Kenneth gained international attention in 2012 after winning First Prize at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in Beijing. He was also a prize winner at the 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition of Belgium, and was invited to join the roster of Manhattan International Artists as First Prize winner of their inaugural competition. 


As a result of these successes, he has been a featured soloist with orchestras internationally such as the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Lithuanian National Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Weimar, and the Jenaer Philharmonie, and has performed recitals at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Flagey Studios (Brussels), the Menuhin Festival Gstaad ,and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele in Germany. 


As a chamber musician he has made festival appearances at Caramoor, Ravinia, and the Perlman Music Program, performing with renowned musicians such as Itzhak Perlman, Leon Fleisher, Sir James Galway, Pamela Frank, and Kim Kashkashian. He will be a featured artist at the Marlboro Music Festival beginning 2020. 


Equally active as a teacher, Kenneth serves as Teaching Assistant to  both Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin at The Juilliard School, where he holds the Starling Foundation Violin Teaching Fellowship.

He was recently names Artistic Director and Faculty of the Perlman-Genesis Violin program in Israel, under the auspices of the Tel Aviv Conservatory.


He also serves as chamber music faculty for the Perlman Music Program's Summer Music School and Sarasota Winter Residency, and violin faculty for the program's Israel Residency. He has been a guest masterclass artists at music institutions in Sao Paulo Brazil, Lake Champlain Vermont, and the San Francisco Bay Area. 


Kenneth is interested in finding new ways to musically communicate with audiences through multiple artistic mediums, resulting in ongoing collaborations with visionary pianist/filmmaker Yang Bao on films and multidisciplinary performance showcases featuring music, dance, film, and electronics.


Kenneth was a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School, where he holds both Master's and Bachelor's degrees. His major teachers include Itzhak Perlman, Li Lin, Catherine Cho, and Donald Weilerstein.


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