Nigel Kennedy

Biography

Born: December 28, 1956; Brighton, England  
While Nigel Kennedy is one of the leading violinists of his generation, he is also among the most controversial of musicians before the public, owing to his flashy persona, unconventional interpretations, and his seemingly innate sense to capture attention. Kennedy's rock-star-like appearance in concert (glittering jewelry, spiky hair, etc.) and his controversial politics (he has boycotted Israel, comparing that nation with South Africa) have Read more often drawn sharp criticism. He has nevertheless become one of the most popular musicians of his time, not least because of his multiple talents in the crossover realm: he divides his performances evenly between classical and jazz and has even played with rock artists. With best-selling recordings and highly publicized concerts, he has arguably been a powerful force in attracting new listeners to classical music. Thus, despite his eccentricities (since 1998 he has preferred to be known simply as Kennedy), he is among the most influential and popular musicians in any genre of his time. Kennedy has performed a broad range of repertory and has made numerous recordings spread over several labels, including EMI, Decca, Sony, Chandos, and Blue Note Records.

Kennedy was born in Brighton, England, on December 28, 1956. He studied piano in his early childhood with his cellist mother. Later on, as a student at the Yehudi Menuhin Music School, he turned to the violin. In his teens he enrolled at Juilliard where he studied under Dorothy DeLay.

At 16 he debuted at Carnegie Hall with jazz violinist Stephane Grapelli. Around this time Kennedy began delving heavily into jazz, regularly performing with jazz musicians in New York.

By the early '80s Kennedy had garnered international recognition, and in 1984 made his recording debut with a critically acclaimed performance of the Elgar Violin Concerto on EMI. But he withdrew from public performance from 1992-1997.

Kennedy was honored at the 1997 BRIT awards with an Outstanding Contribution to British Music award. In 1999 Sony issued a recording entitled The Kennedy Experience, which contained improvisations based on music of rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

Kennedy's first bona fide jazz recording, The Blue Note Sessions, was issued with great success in 2006 on Blue Note Records. Two years later Kennedy made his first appearance at the Proms in 21 years, with a performance of the Elgar Violin Concerto. Among Kennedy's recordings is the 2008 CD pairing the Beethoven and Mozart fourth violin concertos on EMI. Read less

Biography

Born: December 28, 1956; Brighton, England  
While Nigel Kennedy is one of the leading violinists of his generation, he is also among the most controversial of musicians before the public, owing to his flashy persona, unconventional interpretations, and his seemingly innate sense to capture attention. Kennedy's rock-star-like appearance in concert (glittering jewelry, spiky hair, etc.) and his controversial politics (he has boycotted Israel, comparing that nation with South Africa) have Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Massenet: Thaïs / Acte Deux - Méditation
Massenet: Thaïs / Acte Deux - Méditation
Concerto for Oboe & Violin in D Minor, BWV 1060: I. Allegro
Concerto for Oboe & Violin in D Minor, BWV 1060: II. Adagio
Concerto for Oboe & Violin in D Minor, BWV 1060: III. Allegro
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.61: Allegro non troppo (Cadenza by Kreisler)
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.61: Larghetto (Cadenza by Kennedy)
Violin Concerto in D Major op 61: Rondo (Cadenza by Kennedy)
Violin Concerto in D, Op.77: I. Allegro non troppo
Violin Concerto in D, Op.77: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto in D, Op.77: III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op.26: I. Vorspiel (Allegro moderato) -
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor Op. 26: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op.26: III. Finale (Allegro energico)
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64: I. Allegro molto appassionato -
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64: II. Andante
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64: III. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
The Wise Virgins - Ballet Suite (1995 Digital Remaster): 2. Lord, hear my longing (Adagio) (Herzlich tut mich verlangen BWV727)
The Wise Virgins - Ballet Suite (1995 Digital Remaster): 3. See what His love can do (Tranquillo) (Cantata 85)
The Wise Virgins - Ballet Suite (1995 Digital Remaster): 4. Ah! how ephemeral (Vivace) (Cantata 26)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op.26: I. Vorspiel (Allegro moderato) -
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor Op. 26: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op.26: III. Finale (Allegro energico)
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64: I. Allegro molto appassionato -
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64: II. Andante
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64: III. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
Concert Fantasy for piano and orchestra Op.56: I. Quasi rondo: Andante mosso
Concert Fantasy for piano and orchestra Op.56: II. Contrastes: Andante cantabile - Molto vivace
Violin Concerto in B minor Op. 61: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in B minor Op. 61: II. Andante
Violin Concerto in B minor Op. 61: III. Allegro molto - Cadenza (accompagnata: Lento) - Allegro molto (Tempo I)
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico), Concerto in A minor RV356: Allegro
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico), Concerto in A minor RV356: Largo
12 Concerti Grossi Op. 3 (L'estro armonico), Concerto in A minor RV356: Allegro
Concerto for 2 violins in C Major RV507: Allegro
Concerto for 2 violins in C Major RV507: Largo
Concerto for 2 violins in C Major RV507: Allegro
Solo Sonata No.2 in D minor, RV 12: Preludio. Largo
Solo Sonata No.2 in D minor, RV 12: Corrente. Allegro
Solo Sonata No.2 in D minor, RV 12: Gavotta. Presto
Solo Sonata No.2 in D minor, RV 12: Giga. Allegro
Concerto for violin & oboe in B flat RV548: (Allegro)
Concerto for violin & oboe in B flat RV548: Largo
Concerto for violin & oboe in B flat RV548: Allegro
Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op.61: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op.61: II. Andante
Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op.61: III. Allegro molto - Cadenza (accompagnata: Lento) - Allegro molto (Tempo I)
Massenet: Thaïs / Acte Deux - Méditation religieuse - Symphonie
Massenet: Thaïs / Acte Deux - Méditation religieuse - Symphonie
Massenet: Thaïs / Acte Deux - Méditation religieuse - Symphonie
Massenet: Thaïs / Acte Deux - Méditation religieuse - Symphonie
Violin Concerto in E BWV1042: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in E BWV1042: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto in E BWV1042: III. Allegro assai
Concerto for oboe and violin in D minor BWV1060: I. Allegro
Concerto for oboe and violin in D minor BWV1060: II. Adagio
Concerto for oboe and violin in D minor BWV1060: III. Allegro
Violin Concerto in A minor BWV1041: I. [Allegro]
Violin Concerto in A minor BWV1041: II. Andante
Violin Concerto in A minor BWV1041: III. Allegro assai
Concerto for two violins in D minor BWV1043: I. Vivace
Concerto for two violins in D minor BWV1043: II. Largo ma non tanto
Concerto for two violins in D minor BWV1043: III. Allegro
Sonata for violin and cello (1920-22): I. Allegro
Sonata for violin and cello (1920-22): II. Très vif
Sonata for violin and cello (1920-22): III. Lent
Sonata for violin and cello (1920-22): IV. Vif, avec entrain
Duo for violin and cello Op. 7: I. Allegro serioso, non troppo
Duo for violin and cello Op. 7: II. Adagio - Andante - Tempo I
Duo for violin and cello Op. 7: III. Maestoso e largamente, ma non troppo lento - Presto
Violin Concerto in B minor Op. 61: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in B minor Op. 61: II. Andante
Violin Concerto in B minor Op. 61: III. Allegro molto - Cadenza (accompagnata: Lento) - Allegro molto (Tempo I)
Concerto No. 1 in E Major, RV 269, 'La primavera': I. Allegro
Concerto No. 1 in E Major, RV 269, ''La primavera'': II. Largo
Concerto No. 1 in E Major, RV 269, ''La primavera'': III. Allegro
Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, RV 315, 'L'estate': I. Allegro non molto
Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, RV 315, 'L'estate': II. Adagio
Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, RV 315, 'L'estate': III. Presto
Concerto No. 3 in F Major, RV 293, 'L'autumno': I. Allegro
Concerto No. 3 in F Major, RV 293, 'L'autumno': II. Adagio molto
Concerto No. 3 in F Major, RV 293, 'L'autumno': III. Allegro
Concerto No. 4 in F Minor, RV 297, 'L'inverno': I. Allegro non molto
Concerto No. 4 in F Minor, RV 297, 'L'inverno': II. Largo
Concerto No. 4 in F Minor, RV 297, 'L'inverno': III. Allegro
Chanson de Nuit, Op. 15, No.1
Chanson de Nuit, Op. 15, No.1
Chanson de Matin, Op. 15, No. 2
I. Allegro
II. Romance: Andante
III. Allegro non troppo
Violin Concerto in D, Op.35: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D, Op.35: II. Canzonetta (Andante) -
Violin Concerto in D, Op.35: III. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)
Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op.47: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op.47: II. Adagio di molto
Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op.47: III. Allegro ma non tanto
Violin Concerto in B minor Op. 61: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto in B minor Op. 61: II. Andante
Violin Concerto in B minor Op. 61: III. Allegro molto - Cadenza (accompagnata: Lento) - Allegro molto (Tempo I)


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