Peter Kenote, Viola

The New York Philharmonic

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Biography
Peter Kenote

Peter Kenote was born in Seattle, Washington. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in music performance from The Juilliard School. Since 1983 he has been a member of the New York Philharmonic viola section. In February 2008 he performed Berio’s Sequenza VI for solo viola at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater as part of the New York Philharmonic’s Day of Berio. In the 2009–10 season he played the premieres of a new viola concerto with the South Dakota Symphony written for him by composer Neal Harnly, and Moto Perpetuo, a new work for viola and percussion ensemble by Braxton Blake. He especially enjoys performing in concert with his daughters, soprano Rebekah and mezzo-soprano Ruth.

“The best thing about being a musician is having the honor and privilege of interpreting great works of art and enjoying them on a regular basis.”

Q&A with Peter Kenote
THE FACTS: Born in Seattle, Washington. Attended the University of Washington; master’s and doctorate degrees in music performance from The Juilliard School. At the Philharmonic: Joined in 1983. In 2001 released a CD entitled Concert Spirituel.

EARLIEST MUSICAL MEMORY: Listening to recordings of The Cleveland Orchestra, and hearing my grandmother play the organ in church. I began playing the violin at nine and started the viola in college. I intended to be a science/math major and tried the viola as a lark. I love the viola — the sound, the mellowness. Switching was a difficult choice but I ended up loving it.

WHAT KIND OF VIOLA DO YOU HAVE? It was made for me in 1977 by David Wiebe of Woodstock, New York; my bow is by Malcolm Taylor.

MOST INSPIRING COMPOSER: Bach. As Mahler said: “In Bach, all the seeds of music are found, as the world is contained in God.”

WHO WAS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT MUSICAL INFLUENCE OR MENTOR? My teacher at Juilliard, Lillian Fuchs, and my longtime friend, mentor, and accompanist, Paul Liljestrand

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN? I intended to pursue a teaching career, but joining the Philharmonic turned my head around 180 degrees. It was my first orchestra audition.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A MUSICIAN? Having the honor and privilege of interpreting great works of art and enjoying them on a regular basis

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS WITH THE ORCHESTRA? Playing Mahler with Bernstein

HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR MUSIC-MAKING FRESH? When you subordinate yourself to the wishes of the composer, it never goes stale.

WHAT’S IN YOUR CD PLAYER RIGHT NOW? Bach cantatas

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK? Spend as much time as possible with my three adult daughters and with friends; exercise — running and tennis; and reading.
Upcoming 2018-2019 Performances
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26

May, 2019 Sunday

Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Hall
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3:00 PM Concert

Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Hall

Program To Include
Schubert Notturno
Sofia Gubaidulina Piano Quintet
Popper Requiem
Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2
Artists
Steven Beck Piano
Jonathan Feldman Piano
Blake Hinson Bass
Eric Huebner Piano
Hélène Jeanney Piano
Peter Kenote Viola
Qianqian Li Violin
Eileen Moon-Myers Cello
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May, 2019 Wednesday

Harmony All Stars and UpBeat NYC
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6:00 PM Free Event

Harmony All Stars and UpBeat NYC

Program To Include
K. Kummer Allegro from Duo No. 1 for Flute and Clarinet, Op. 46
Mozart Allegro from Divertimento in F major, K.138
Shuebruk Sonatina (Allegro) from Twenty Duets for Trumpet and Trombone
Price Andante moderato from String Quartet in G Major
Tchaikovsky / Arr. R. Meyer Finale (Andante–Allegro con spirito) from Serenade for Strings
Strayhorn / Arr. A. Truyols Take the "A" Train
E. Rouse / Arr. C. Custer Orange Blossom Special
Artists
Michael Adelson Conductor
Anna Rabinova Violin
Peter Kenote Viola
Qiang Tu Cello
Pavel Vinnitsky Clarinet
George Curran Bass Trombone
Harmony Program "All Stars" Ken Aida (viola), Ashley Allen (violin), Luigi Auquilla (violin), Jennifer Calderon (cello), William Chen (violin), Christele Cherestal (violin), Angelo Chery (violin), Weng Ying Chong (violin), Desiree Dadie (violin), Annie Feng, (violin), Ryan Hau (bass), Abigail Hua (violin), Jun Nam Lee (cello), Melanie Liu (violin), Renata Moreno (cello), Romina Moreno (cello), Thanddnes Palmer (trumpet), Victoria Wheby (violin), Alice Wong (violin)
UpBeat NYC "All Stars" Alexa Carmona (cello), Angelis Lugo (violin), Devin Mendez (flute), Joshua Muhammad (violin), Mary Beth Perez (cello)

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June, 2019 Sunday

Very Young People's Concerts: "Treble and Bass"
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12:30 PM Concert

Very Young People's Concerts: "Treble and Bass"

Program To Include
Ponchielli / Arr. A. Roitstein Dance of the Hours, from La Gioconda
Pryor / Arr. T. Wiprud, Lyrics R. Young The Whistler and His Dog
J.S. Bach Selections from Keyboard Concerto in D major
Artists
Rebecca Young Host
Fiona Simon Violin
Peter Kenote Viola
Satoshi Okamoto Bass
Yoobin Son Flute
Paolo Bordignon Harpsichord
Doug Fitch Director / Designer
Very Young People's Concerts: "Treble and Bass"
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3:00 PM Concert

Very Young People's Concerts: "Treble and Bass"

Program To Include
Ponchielli / Arr. A. Roitstein Dance of the Hours, from La Gioconda
Pryor / Arr. T. Wiprud, Lyrics R. Young The Whistler and His Dog
J.S. Bach Selections from Keyboard Concerto in D major
Artists
Rebecca Young Host
Fiona Simon Violin
Peter Kenote Viola
Satoshi Okamoto Bass
Yoobin Son Flute
Paolo Bordignon Harpsichord
Doug Fitch Director / Designer

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June, 2019 Monday

Very Young People's Concerts: "Treble and Bass"
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10:30 AM Concert

Very Young People's Concerts: "Treble and Bass"

Program To Include
Ponchielli / Arr. A. Roitstein Dance of the Hours, from La Gioconda
Pryor / Arr. T. Wiprud, Lyrics R. Young The Whistler and His Dog
J.S. Bach Selections from Keyboard Concerto in D major
Artists
Rebecca Young Host
Fiona Simon Violin
Peter Kenote Viola
Satoshi Okamoto Bass
Yoobin Son Flute
Paolo Bordignon Harpsichord
Doug Fitch Director / Designer
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