Thurs. Aug. 10 & Fri. Aug. 11, First Presbyterian Church
Sat. Aug. 12, Robinson Pavilion at Anyela’s Vineyards
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As his multifaceted international career unfolds, Grammy nominated and Emmy Award winning violinist Nick Kendall reimagines and reinvents how a traditional violin virtuoso can transform the music world without boundaries.
Nick is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed, genre-busting string band Time for Three (TF3)– in addition to his solo concert career. In all his endeavors, he is a restless innovator in shaping how modern audiences perceive, appreciate, and enjoy music and music-making. He co-founded and plays in the artist-driven East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO). In 2020, he became Artist in Residence at New York’s Lincoln Center, where he unveiled the CONTINUUM series in summer 2021. In fall 2022, Nick joined Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields for their South American tour as the Orchestra’s guest leader.
In his career as a soloist and with TF3 and ECCO, Nick has performed at Carnegie Hall and many of the venues across the Lincoln Center campus in New York City, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Schleswig Holstein Festival outside Hamburg, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, BBC Proms in London, Ravinia Festival, Melbourne’s Hamer Hall, Wiener Musikverein, Marlboro Music Festival, Sydney Opera House, Hyogo Performing Arts Center outside Osaka, Dvořák Hall at Prague’s Rudolfinum, Hong Kong Cultural Center, and an array of sports arenas across Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Luxembourg as one of the featured artists on the touring super-show “Night of the Proms”.
Nick’s love for music, which began when he first picked up a violin at the age of three, is rooted in the family tradition: his grandfather –the renowned violin pedagogue John Kendall– brought the Suzuki method from Japan to the United States in the 1960s. Both Nick and his sister, Yumi Kendall, Assistant Principal Cello in the Philadelphia Orchestra, began their music education as Suzuki kids and mastered their professional skills and musicianship at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music.
Nick’s commitment to his art and craft, as a communicator and caretaker, goes beyond his work as an active performing artist. Designed to inspire young people to revel in the exhilaration of music making, his programming for young people renews the teaching tradition of his grandfather while tapping the source of joy he himself discovered in his earliest experiences as a musician.