Kenya Gillespie


    Kenya Gillespie is a pianist, violinist, and composer from Salina, Kansas.  As a pianist, he has performed in numerous concerts and recitals and has won various awards and concerto competitions.  In 2004, he won the Wichita Piano Teachers League Piano Concerto Competition and performed the Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor with the Friends University Orchestra.  The following year he won the Salina Symphony Concerto Competition and performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Salina Symphony. 


   As a violinist, Kenya has earned several distinctions in the state of Kansas for his accomplishments.  He was concertmaster of the Salina Youth Symphony from 2005-2006, a three-year Kansas All-State Orchestra violinist, concertmaster of the Western Kansas Orchestra festival in 2004, and concertmaster of the Salina High School South Orchestra from 2003-2006.  Kenya has a M.M. in Composition from Rice University, where he studied with Anthony Brandt and Karim Al-Zand.  He received a B.A. in Music from Yale University, graduating magna cum laude with distinction.  He studied composition with Michael Klingbeil of Yale University and piano with Elizabeth Parisot of the Yale School of Music. 


   Other piano teachers have included 1997 Van Cliburn finalist Jan Jiracek von Arnim of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Paul Reed of Wichita State University, and Janelle Rominger.  His principal violin teacher was David Lowe, Juilliard and Columbia Universities.  Kenya has two years of teaching experience and is trained in Suzuki.

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