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Conductor and Composer

John Kennedy conductor
News - Coming in 2022

John will be conducting the

World Premiere of Omar

by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels at Spoleto Festival USA,

May 27-June 12.


John will be conducting the

U.S. Premiere of Coraline

by Mark-Anthony Turnage

at West Edge Opera,

July 30-August 7.


New post about a piece for today.

Hear John's music in the digital short Arden (2021). 

John Kennedy conductor


Conductor and Composer

With a legacy of artistic leadership fueled by creativity and experimentalism, John Kennedy has led acclaimed performances worldwide in opera, orchestral, dance, and new music. As the Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities for Spoleto Festival USA, Kennedy is acclaimed for his imaginative programming linking music of all eras, as well as illuminating performances of contemporary music. A prolific composer whose work has been hailed for its beauty, strangeness, and communicative capacity, Kennedy is a devoted agent of music as a living cultural force.

“A brilliant, clear account of the harmonically attractive, rhythmically complex score under contemporary music expert John Kennedy... Kennedy's work and that of his musicians was superb.”

Opera News

"Conductor John Kennedy not only made the demanding, meticulous details of the score sound easy, but also brought forward a dense emotional richness..."

Gramophone (UK)

"His reading of Beethoven 7 had it all: carefully controlled dynamics, subtle interpretative nuance, a perfect sense of musical line, and a sure knack for unleashing the raw energy and power of his marvelous players where called for.”

Charleston City Paper


For conducting inquiries:
Wittenberg Artists

Martin Wittenberg

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