With playing hailed as "gorgeous, finely detailed...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 Magazine), violinist Kenneth Renshaw has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the world, including the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Orchestre de Chambre de Wallonie, the Lithuanian National Orchestra, the China Philharmonic, the China NCPA Orchestra, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the California Symphony, the Oakland Symphony, and the Orquestra de Festival Ushuaia, among others.
He has given sold-out recitals at the Auditorium du Louvre (Paris), Brussels' Flagey Studios, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad (Switzerland), the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele (Germany), and has repeatedly been a featured artist on the national radio stations of Germany, Belgium, Argentina, Lithuania, and the United States.
A top prizewinner in many major competitions, Kenneth won First Prize and the EMCY Prize for Best Semifinal Recital at the 2012 Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, First Prize, the Mozart Concerto Prize, and the Sonata Prize at the 2010 Louis Spohr International Violin Competition, First Prize at the 2009 Los Angeles Philharmonic Bronislaw Kaper Awards, and is a Laureate of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition of Belgium (2015). In 2016 he joined the newly-formed roster of Manhattan International Concert Artists as a winner of their inaugural competition.
He is also winner of the Brucia Foundation's Avanti Award (2012), an annual grant for selected artists of any age pursuing careers in visual or performing arts.
A passionate chamber musician, he has collaborated in performances with many esteemed artists, including pianist Leon Fleisher, violinists Shmuel Ashkenasi, Pamela Frank, Cho-Liang Lin, cellists Peter Wiley, Matt Haimovitz and Ralph Kirshbaum, violists Kim Kashkashian and Atar Arad, and flutist Sir James Galway. He was a member of the Soleil Piano Trio from 2008-2010, First Prize winners of the Mondavi Center for the Arts Chamber Music Competition. Kenneth was an Evnin Rising Star at the Caramoor Festival (Katonah, NY) and has performed at the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute, the Perlman Music Program’s Residencies in Sarasota (Florida) and Stowe (Vermont), Music@Menlo, and the 2013 Kronberg Academy Violin Masterclasses.
Upcoming engagements include recitals at Presidio Concerts (San Francisco), Maybeck Studio Concerts (Berkeley), the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts (Chicago), concerto appearances with the New York Classical Players, the Orquestra Sinfonica Universidad de Concepcion (Chile), and as a featured artist at the Marlboro Music Festival (Vermont).
Kenneth is currently studying with Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin at the Juilliard School as recipient of a Kovner Fellowship and as a Teaching Assistant to Professor Lin. He previously studied with Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He currently plays on the 1765 "ex-Ysaye" Guadagnini on generous loan from the Tarisio/Juilliard collection and on a violin made in 2008 by esteemed American maker Ryan Soltis.
(Headshot, PC: Yang Bao)