Who is Nina Kennedy?
Nina Kennedy is a world-renowned concert pianist, orchestral conductor, and award-winning filmmaker. She gave her first complete piano recital at nine years old, and appeared as piano soloist with the Nashville Symphony playing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at age 13. She holds a master's degree from the Juilliard School where she studied with Leonard Bernstein. Kurt Masur acted as her conducting mentor during his tenure as music director with the New York Philharmonic and L'Orchestre National de France. For 12 years she lived and performed in Europe, residing in Vienna, Cologne, and Paris.
Nina wrote the script for a short film produced by Alberto Ferreras of HBO that was selected for screenings at the Berlin International Film Festival, New York's New Fest, as well as international film festivals in Frankfurt, Jerusalem, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Oslo, Philadelphia, and Sydney.
Nina also produced and directed the documentary film about her father, former director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, titled Matthew Kennedy: One Man's Journey, which was selected and screened at international film festivals including the African Diaspora Film Festival in New York, the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, and Nashville's International Film Festival as well as the International Black Film Festival of Nashville. For this film, she was awarded the Rosetta Miller Perry prize for "Best Film by a Black Filmmaker."
Nina Kennedy is available for orchestral engagements, solo recitals, spoken-word performances, lectures, and screenings of her documentary film Matthew Kennedy: One Man's Journey, followed by Q&As.
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