B1246. NIGEL KENNEDY. Always Playing. London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1991. 154pp. Discography; Photos; DJ. Final Copy! - 0-297-81209-2
“Nigel Kennedy's grandfather was Lauri Kennedy, principal cellist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and his grandmother was Dorothy Kennedy, a pianist. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in London, at age 22, John joined the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, later becoming the principal cellist of Sir Thomas Beecham's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He made his recording debut in 1984 with Elgar's Violin Concerto. His subsequent recording of Vivaldi's ‘The Four Seasons’ with the English Chamber Orchestra in 1989 sold over two million copies and earned a place as one of the best-selling classical recordings ever.
Kennedy published his autobiography, ALWAYS PLAYING, in 1991. He then withdrew completely from public performance, at which point he made the album ‘Music in Colours’ with Stephen Duffy. He returned to the international concert platform five years later. In 1997, he received an award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the BRIT Awards, and in 2001 received the 'Male Artist of the Year' award.
Kennedy expresses a preference for the immediate appeal of live performance, and often records entire works or movements in single takes to preserve this sense in his recordings.”
- Opera Musica