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Nina Kennedy has performed in recital and as soloist with orchestras throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and South America. She was a conducting apprentice under Maestro Kurt Masur with the New York Philharmonic and L'Orchestre National de France.


Nina Kennedy is available for solo recitals, orchestral engagements, and lecture recitals. 

The Sunday morning following Nina Kennedy’s Lincoln Center debut, New Yorkers read of her “nine-minute standing ovation,” and the arrival of “a new outstanding performer on the classical music scene.” The German press proclaimed her “A MASTER OF THE PIANO” (headline), marveling at her “personal flair with stupefying execution.” Critics in the Netherlands called her “a great artist… superb… the finest imaginable.” The British press called her performances “Brilliant,” with reference to the “ample fireworks at her disposal.”

A former child prodigy, Nina Kennedy was presented in her first complete solo recital at age nine. At 13, her performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue as piano soloist with the Nashville Symphony received a standing ovation from an audience of over 4,000. Her television and radio broadcasts include a recital for the BBC in London, performances of the Beethoven 2nd Piano Concerto with the Jackson (Mississippi) Symphony for PBS, and the Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto with the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra recorded live for broadcast on NPR.

Winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Fellowship, she holds a master’s degree from The Juilliard School where she was awarded the prestigious Petschek Scholarship. She is the subject of a mini-documentary produced for PBS titled Portrait: An American Concert Pianist.


“A fine pianist…  Her playing was distinguished by its poetic thoughtfulness… sounded sensuous and piquant… committed and persuasive.”

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Nina Kennedy is available for orchestral engagements; solo recitals; spoken-word performances; lectures; 

screenings of her documentary film Matthew Kennedy: One Man's Journey, followed by Q&As; and book readings of her memoir Practicing for Love, followed by Q&As.

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