Nigel Wherever We Find Him
2013 has been a vintage year for violin virtuoso, Nigel Kennedy. A sell-out tour was met with rave reviews. The Birmingham Mail said it was 'Kennedy at his best'.
The Times announced he was on 'scintillating form'. The Guardian praised his 'exquisite mix of grace and favour', with the Independent prounouncing that the Last Night Of The Proms had been the best in years 'thanks to a resplendent performance ..by the evergreen Nigel Kennedy'.
2014 now sees Kennedy present a typically maverick musical programme celebrating the music of Bach as well as other brilliant composers that have influenced him. The 10-date UK tour starts in Weston Super Mare on 25th February, ending at Croydon's Fairfield Hall on 7th March.
It seems we can't get enough of Nigel's Bach and Fats Waller concert ! More dates have been announced in February and March of 2014; check CONCERTS for details.
What became of Nigel's Bergonzi violin: When the spotlight shines on concerto soloists, it also shines on the instruments they play. A Steinway piano. A Stradivarius or Guarneri del Gesu violin, instruments that were made hundreds of years ago in Cremona, Italy. Noah Bendix-Balgley began searching for a better violin soon after becoming the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster. "In our profession, you try a lot of instruments and see what interests you," he says. "I was drawn to the old Cremonese sound most people like. The ones I was really considering were of that same origin." This summer, he found his match and, with financial help from the symphony, purchased a violin made by Carlo Bergonzi in Cremona in 1732. The concertmaster's new instrument was previously owned by English soloist Nigel Kennedy and before him by Margot MacGibbon, who had her own string quartet and played in orchestras in London