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Nigel Kennedy is an English violinist born on December 28, 1956. He studied with Yehudi Menuhin and Dorothy DeLay. He has been recording since 1984 and has recorded most of the standard concerto repertoire. (Another violinist born on this same day in 1923 is Polish violinist Josef Hassid – a child prodigy whom many have compared to Heifetz. His career came to an abrupt end when he was about 18 years old and had to be institutionalized. He died at age 26 after an unsuccessful brain surgery.) Kennedy's playing is often fast and furious; however, his recording of the Brahms Concerto is perhaps at the slowest tempo on record.  He is known to dress in a fashion not in keeping with the traditional formal white tie and tails. His CD of the Four Seasons (Vivaldi) became a best seller early in his career. He was also one of the first classically trained violinists to delve into areas - such as jazz - outside of the classical idiom. There are many videos of his playing on YouTube.
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violinhunter - 11 May 2009
violinhunter - 11 May 2009
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