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The bestselling violinist of all time, Nigel Kennedy, has signed an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical.
Kennedy's first recordings on the label will include his new work Four Elements, his own arrangements of the music of Duke Ellington, and a brand new interpretation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
The release of Kennedy’s album Four Elements in September will coincide with a UK tour, in which Kennedy will perform the Four Seasons and Four Elements with his newly formed orchestra, the Orchestra of Life. They will take the same programme to Germany in November.
For over 30 years, Kennedy has been acknowledged as one of the world’s leading violin virtuosos and has consistently pushed the boundaries of classical music. Still an enfant terrible in his fifties, he is equally at home with Elgar, Bach, and Brahms as he is with Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, klezmer and jazz.
Nigel Kennedy says of the new relationship:
“It is essential for me to work with a label which acknowledges that the boundaries between different types of music have been eroding for some time and I couldn't be happier that my first recording is the ‘Four Elements’, which was made with the Orchestra of Life - I really look forward to taking it out on tour with the ‘Four Seasons’ later this year.”
Nigel Kennedy will be on The Classic FM Interview with Nick Ferrari later this year.