With playing hailed as “positively ravishing... a marvel of emotional maturity and assurance" (San Francisco Classical Voice), New York-based violinist Kenneth Renshaw is an emerging artist who is recognized for his unique 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. He has been a featured soloist with many orchestras internationally such as the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Lithuanian National Orchestra, Staatskapelle Weimar, and the China Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed recitals at prestigious European venues including the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele in Germany. Equally dedicated to teaching, 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. His students have been awarded top prizes in the junior division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition and the Juilliard Precollege Concerto Competition. He will be assistant chamber music faculty at the Perlman Music Program summer 2019. Kenneth is a recipient of the Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School, where he holds Bachelors and Masters degrees. His major teachers include Itzhak Perlman, Li Lin, Catherine Cho, and Donald Weilerstein.
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Australian cellist Richard Narroway enjoys a varied career as a performer, recording artist, and
teacher. In 2017 he made his recording debut with Bach’s Six Cello Suites, praised by
Gramophone Magazine for its “captivating sensitivity” and “exhilarating authority.” In addition,
he has given performances in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Italy, Korea, the UK and the
United States, in prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Center,
Koerner Hall, and the Sydney Opera House. Richard's numerous competition titles include gold
medals at the 2019 Manhattan International Music Competition and the 2010 Stulberg
International String Competition, as well as a top prize at the Third Beijing International Cello
Competition. He pursued his cello studies from an early age, enjoying tutelage from Hans
Jensen, David Finckel, Susan Blake and Takao Mizushima. He earned degrees from the Juilliard
School and Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, before completing a Doctorate
with Richard Aaron at the University of Michigan, where he also served as teaching assistant.
Shortly after, he was named a Rebanks fellow at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto,
where he served as teaching assistant to professor Hans Jensen. Beginning in January 2020,
Richard will join the faculty of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music as a Lecturer of Cello.