Krista Bennion Feeney Violin
Krista Bennion Feeney has served as a concertmaster of New York City’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s and a member of the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble since 1983, and performed in the first violin section of the Vienna Philharmonic. She is a founding member of the DNA Quintet (the Loma Mar Quartet with the addition of her bassist husband John Feeney) whose latest CD in the series “Dragonetti’s New Academy” caused Strad magazine to gush “This is an important disc of historically interesting material... I recommend it with enthusiasm!” Sir Paul McCartney wrote two works for the Loma Mar Quartet which can be heard on his CD “Working Classical” featuring the Loma Mar Quartet and the London Symphony. Her concerto collaborations have included such orchestras as the San Francisco, St. Louis and Elgin Symphonies, the New York String Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra of which she was the concertmaster from 2003-2011. From 1999-2006 Ms. Feeney was the concertmaster and music director of the New Century Chamber Orchestra and in 1992 and 1996, guest leader of the London Classical Players under the musical direction of Roger Norrington, and recording for EMI.
Krista Bennion Feeney grew up in Menlo Park California studying violin until age 13 with Anthony Doheny. As a collegiate and preparatory student at the San Francisco Conservatory, where she studied violin with Isadore Tinkelman & Stuart Canin, she was frequently performing around the Bay Area with various groups. These included the Ridge Quartet, of which she was the founding first violinist, & as soloist with many local orchestras (including the Mendelssohn concerto at 15 with S. F. Symphony). At the Curtis Institute she worked with Jamie Laredo, Felix Galimer and Mischa Schneider, and the Ridge Quartet reformed with two other Curtis students. They took off as a professional quartet with guidance and support from some of the Marlboro faculty and mentor Alexander Schneider, eventually concertizing on four continents and winning the Diapason d’Or and a Grammy nomination for their RCA recording of Dvorak’s piano quintets with pianist Rudolf Firkusny. Her recordings also include both Bach concerti and a DVD of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, in addition to many others.
Terry Riley has written a gorgeous concerto for Ms. Feeney and guitarists Gyan Riley and David Tanenbaum titled “SolTierraLuna” which was given its world premiere by Krista, Riley, Tanenbaum and the Phildelphia Chamber Orchestra in 2008. Ms. Feeney is also the violinist of the Four Nations Ensemble, who specialize in music of the 17th and 18th century. Highlights of the 2011-2012 season include Lou Harrison’s “Suite for Violin and American Gamelan” at Bard College, Haydn’s rarely performed G Major violin concerto with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, & Bottesini’s “Grand Duo Concertante” with John Feeney bassist and the Hershey Pennsylvania Symphony.Krista enjoys enriching the cultural life of her local community in the beautiful Hudson Valley where she lives with her family. With a special focus on Viennese music written in the late 18th and early 19th centuries her Serenade Quartet (two violins, viola and bass/Viennese violone) and Serenade Orchestra (adding two virtuoso natural horn players) give many concerts at nontraditional venues such as sculpture gardens, museums and spas. Summer 2012 finds Krista in residence at Kneisel Hall in Maine, performing, teaching and coaching exceptionally talented up-and-coming chamber musicians.