Conductor and Composer

John Kennedy conductor

John is delighted to join the roster

of Wittenberg Artists.

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Part of John's composition "One Body" will be danced to by Pacific Northwest Ballet as part of the opening program of their Digital Season, October 15-19.  

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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