Aleksey Semenenko, born 1988 in Odessa, Ukraine, began his violin studies at the age of six with Zoya Mertsalova at the Stolyarsky School. Semenenko made his concert debut the following year, performing Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in A Minor together with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra. He completed his concert diploma with with Zakhar Bron at the University of Music in Cologne and is currently enrolled in the chamber music class of Harald Schoneweg.
Semenenko has been praised for his “stunning technique and intonation, verve, wit (and)beautiful phrasing” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), as well as consistently demonstrating
“an unparalleled level of refined musicianship and stage presence” (The Strad). Following his success at the 2015 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium where he won Second Prize, Semenenko performed throughout Belgium with the Liège Royal Philharmonic and the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra.
Semenenko’s other honours include First Prize at the Boris Goldstein International Violin Competition (2015), Musical America’s New Artist of the Month (March 2015), the Audience Prize at the 2015 International Musical Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg and the Grand Prix of the 2006 National Violin Competition in Lviv, Ukraine.
Mr. Semenenko has appeared in recital at the Korsholm Music Festival in Finland, at the Dubrovnik Festival, at the Musée du Louvre and at the Artepiano and Musicacité Festivals in France, in chamber music recitals with cellist Gary Hoffman and pianist Sabine Weyer in Luxembourg, and at Schloss Elmau in Germany. He performed as soloist with orchestras including the Moscow Virtuosi, the Kiev National Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Ukraine, Pleven Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Manfred Honeck, the National Orchestra of Brussels under Hans Graff, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall. Of his performance with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The New York Times wrote: “He played with unfailing purity of tone, but also with wonderful spontaneity and humor.”
As the winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Semenenko appeared in debut recitals at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Aleksey Semenenko plays a Stradivarius violin of 1699 on loan from the German Music Foundation (Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben).
September 21, 2017