Violinist Nigel Kennedy to release autobiography in November


After completing his first violin concerto, “Für Ludwig Van”, the British violinist Nigel kennedy wrote an autobiography during one of COVID-19’s many lockdowns.

Entitled “Uncensored“, the book will be accompanied by a 3-CD box set, both to be released on November 4, 2021.

Drawing inspiration from his varied career as a concert violinist, his autobiography will delve into his views particularly resistant to some of the industry’s most restrictive ideas about what classical music can and cannot be.

Passionate about jazz music, he released several jazz albums and performed with his ensembles Orchestra of Life and The Nigel Kennedy Quintet. He also has a long-standing working relationship with jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli, with whom he started working at the age of just 13.

In the standard classical repertoire, his recording of Elgar’s Violin Concerto was voted Record of the Year 1985 by Gramophone magazine and received the Best Classical Album of the Year award at the BPI Awards. In 2002 he became artistic director of the Polish Chamber Orchestra, a role the late Lord Menuhin once occupied.

His 1989 recording of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with the English Chamber Orchestra sold over 2 million copies, earning him a place among the best-selling classical works of all time.

“I’m now (almost) 64, which is a very funny age,” Kennedy said. “A year from my bus pass and also in a position to be associated with a song by the most famous band in history. An age that while still having a future also represents a life long enough to potentially have reminiscences. interesting, rich and varied. “

The book also promises to cover Kennedy’s early years as a student and young professional. He will discuss his studies with Yehudi Menuhin and Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School.

“For me, memories are irrelevant to any of my books unless they’re fun or faced with imbalance,” Kennedy added.

To listen to some of the music that will appear on the accompanying CDs, click here.


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