Nigel Kennedy
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"Violin"Guarneri/Guarneri del Gesu, 'La Fonte' c.1735, Antonio Stradivari/Stradivari, Scott Cao, Johannes Finkel bow, Violectra electric violin


"Nigel Kennedy" is a British violinist and viola/violist. He made his early career in the classical field, and has more recently performed jazz, klezmer, and other music genres.

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My violin is called Kylie as she sounds great and is perfectly formed.

Maybe it's egocentric or whatever, but when I'm playing Beethoven, Bach, Hendrix, or whoever it is, in the end, it just feels like my own music and I'm making it up as I'm going along.

I hate complacency. I play every gig as if it could be my last, then I enjoy it more than ever.

I'm always improving and I want to get better and never hit a plateau. I find it an amazing adventure.

I don't think I am going to play in London with an orchestra until I can be assured that I'm getting adequate rehearsal," declares Kennedy. "And if that's never, I won't play in London with an English orchestra. I'll have to bring one in from somewhere else.

The Guarneri is a fantastic instrument, both for playing classical music and for what I'm doing now. It's great for playing improvised music on, cause you get such great response. And for the same reason it's great for classical music too. It's a good violin.

The right thing for the right job.