Nigel Kennedy

Genres: Classical Easy Listening Musicals & The Arts
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

28 December 1956, Brighton, Sussex, England. Cited as one of the most gifted violinists in contemporary classical music, having studied under Yehudi Menuhin and Dorothy DeLay, before the mid-90s Nigel Kennedy was best known within the popular music field for his on-off relationship with Brix Smith of the Fall, a strong lisp and his affection for Aston Villa football club.

Kennedy’s reputation was originally built on his interpretation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, which sold more than a million copies in 1989. Some critics suggested this was enough to make him ‘the first classical music pop star’. However, he temporarily retired from classical performance in 1992 owing to a combination of artistic stagnation and a painful neck condition which required surgery. He finally returned to action in 1996 after moving from EMI Records’ classical division to the main label. The same year’s Kafka witnessed his debut as a...

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