GREENWICH, Conn. – Distinguished violinist Kensho Watanabe of Greenwich will perform in the Social Hall at the Larchmont Temple on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m.
Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m.
Born in Japan, Kensho Watanabe started playing the violin at the age of 2 while studying with Hachiro Hirose.
He moved to the United States in 1992, where he was accepted into the pre-college division of the Julliard School to study with Louise Behrend and Ann Setzer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master of music degree in violin performance from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Syoko Aki.
Watanabe has served as the assistant conductor of the Yale Symphony Orchestra from 2006 through 2009 under Toshiyuki Shimada, leading the YSO in concerts at Woolsey Hall and Battell Chapel.
He also served as the music director of Yale’s Berkeley College Orchestra from 2006 through 2009.
Watanabe is the winner of numerous awards, including the Irving S. Gilmore Fellowship and the Alumni Association Prize from the Yale School of Music. He performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as one of the winners of the Japanese American Association of New York’s Young Artists’ Competition in 2006.
Watanabe’s performance at the Larchmont Temple on 75 Larchmont Ave. is presented by The Friends of the Larchmont Public Library.
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