Henry Kennedy

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British-born conductor Henry Kennedy was recently invited to replace Riccardo Muti to conduct excerpts of Verdi’s Nabucco in concert performances at Teatro Galli, Rimini, and Teatro Alighieri, Ravenna, with the Orchestra Cherubini and Coro Cremona Antiqua. This had directly followed ten days of intensive study with Muti on Nabucco, as part of the Italian Opera Academy held at the Prada Foundation in Milan. Prior to this, he was selected as one of eight semi-finalists for the Herbert von Karajan Young Conductors Award held in Salzburg. 


Henry formed his own orchestra, the Resonate Symphony Orchestra, in 2017, and it has grown to become one of the leading young London ensembles. As Music Director, he has curated and conducted a number of diverse programmes in some of London’s most prominent concert halls. Outside of the Resonate Symphony Orchestra, he has conducted in various settings the Deutsche Oper Orchestra, Berlin and both the Austrian Ensemble for Contemporary Music and Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg. 


Henry has been principally mentored by Colin Metters, Christopher Seaman, Christian Thielemann and David Zinman over a number of years in both opera and symphonic repertoire. 


Henry graduated with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music on their Master of Arts course, under the tutelage of Sian Edwards. Before his conducting studies, he studied clarinet at the Academy as an undergraduate, gaining a huge amount of experience as an orchestral player, chamber musician and soloist.

“Both in the first movement and the finale codas the conductor showed a real mastery of pacing and measured crescendo. There was an underlying calm steady beat, a sensitive layering of crescendo, a sense of inexorable progress to the visionary destination. Getting these glorious perorations right is another essential to a great Bruckner performance, and Henry Kennedy knows how to do it.” 
Ken Ward, Bruckner Journal, reviewing Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony with Resonate Symphony Orchestra, October 2021



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