Krista Bennion Feeney, violin
Violinist Krista Bennion joined the Four Nations Ensemble in 2005. Equally at home on historical or modern instruments, she follows a varied career as concerto soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster, recording artist and educator.
A founding member of the Ridge Quartet '79-'90, she toured four continents, won the Diapason d'Or and a Grammy nomination for recording with pianist Rudolf Firkusny, made the world premiere recording of John Adam's "Shaker Loops" (original septet version) and collaborated in concert with Benny Goodman. She has served as a guest leader and soloist of orchestras including the Boulder Bach Festival, Santa Fe Pro Musica and the Elgin and Modesto symphonies, and has recorded and toured as guest leader of the London Classical Players, conducted by Roger Norrington. From '99-'06 Ms Feeney was the music director/concertmaster of the conductor-less San Francisco based New Century Chamber Orchestra. Currently she is a concertmaster for the Orchestra of St. Luke's, concertmaster of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and a member of the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble. She is a member of the Loma Mar Quartet, DNA Quintet (the Loma Mar plus bassist John Feeney) and the Four Nations Ensemble.
Recent highlights include the world premiere of SolTierraLuna with the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, a concerto by Terry Riley for violin and two guitars written for Ms Feeney and guitarists Gyan Riley and David Tanenbaum, a DVD of Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Haydn's Symphonie Concertante with Louis Langree and the Mostly Mozart Orchestra, performing the legendary ballad Yesterday with Sir Paul McCartney and the Loma Mar Quartet at the Library of Congress last June, playing on the Library's Stradivarius instruments, and in December 2010, releasing the second CD in the critically acclaimed series Dragonetti's New Academy: world premiere recordings of chamber works by Domenico Dragonetti. The latest recording includes a recently discovered Divertimento for two violins, cello and bass by Joseph Haydn..
Feeney is a native of Menlo Park California. She studied violin with Clarice Horelick and Anthony Doheny. At 13 Feeney enrolled in the San Francisco Conservatory's Preparatory Division as a student of Isadore Tinkleman. She continued in the Collegiate Division studying with Stuart Canin and Isadore Tinkleman. At 15 she played the Mendelssohn Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony. Later in concerti of Mozart, Bach and Vivaldi she soloed often with conductor Alexander Schneider and the Symphonies of San Francisco, St. Louis, the New York String Orchestra and the Brandenburg Ensemble. After studies in San Francisco she worked with Jaime Laredo at the Curtis Institute and coached with Felix Galimer and Mischa Schneider.
Ms Feeney plays a Leopold Widhalm violin from c. 1770. The instrument was a gift to Four Nations from Benjamin Diamond in honor of his father Hyman Diamond. The restoration was a gift from Jean Hamilton in honor of her parents, Marguerite Adelmann and James Phillip Hamilton.