Kenny Wang *
Bachelor of Music – Manhattan School of Music
Originally from Colorado, Kenneth Wang is currently a violist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra joining for the 2021-2022 season. Moving from New York City, Kenny performed regularly at Carnegie Hall with various orchestras, with the most recent being a Beethoven centennial concert as Principal Viola under the baton of Gerard Schwarz (prior conductor of Seattle Symphony). Kenny has also served as Principal Violist of the Bronx Orchestra, Astoria Symphony, Ensemble du Monde, Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra, Bergen Symphony, Et al.
Chamber ensemble credits include a performance of ‘…explosante-fixe…”, composed and conducted by Pierre Boulez hailed by the NY Times as a: “…brilliant performance… a high point of the concert season.” Kenny has also performed chamber music recitals with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia). Outside of the classical genre, Kenny has worked, recorded, and performed alongside various jazz musicians, many of whom have won or been nominated for a Grammy. This led him to Jazz at Lincoln Center and other jazz clubs in NYC. Kenny has also recorded and performed with many Grammy winning and nominated bands and singer songwriters which has brought him to late night talk shows such as The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with David Letterman. Kenny has also recorded soundtracks and appeared in various movies, TV shows, and commercials.
Kenny received his Bachelors of Music from the Manhattan School of Music as a Merit Scholarship student of Karen Dreyfus. Additional studies/masterclasses include Kim Kashkashian, Roberto Diaz, Bruno Giuranna, Atar Arad, Randolph Kelly, Steven Dann, Robert Vernon, James Dunham, Marc Jacobs, Basil Vendryes, Erika Eckert. Chamber music studies with members of Amadeus Quartet, Juilliard Quartet, American Quartet, Cavani Quartet; and artists including Ruth Laredo, Rainer Moog, Glenn Dicterow.