Nigel Kennedy in Recital

Bach, Kennedy, Gershwin

Featuring Kennedy’s “The Magician of Lublin”

Virtuoso violinist and living legend, Nigel Kennedy, returns to Australia this January to perform works of his much loved Johann Sebastian Bach and George Gershwin, including the immortal “Summertime” “Porgy and Bess’ and “Rhapsody in Blue” as well as Kennedy’s own composition “The Magician of Lublin.”

Nigel Kennedy in Recital will demonstrate his tour de force, establishing a dialogue between Bach (Kennedy has often performed his pieces for violin) and Gershwin, a contemporary jazz classic. Kennedy will perform his own composition “The Magician of Lublin” which is inspired by the book of the same title by Isaac B Singer, who so skilfully evoked life in the shtetls of old Poland.

Having brought a fresh perspective to classical music by his merging of the traditional with the contemporary, Kennedy is now bringing his trademark effervescent live performance back to Australia. Kennedy will be joined on stage by his hand-picked band including much-acclaimed American guitarist Howard Alden.

“Rip–roaring and exquisitely tender”
5 stars, The Guardian, UK .


Howard Alden, guitar
Rolf Bussalb, guitar

Peter Adams, Cello
Piotr Kulakowski, Bass


Johann Sebastian Bach
A selection of works by Nigel’s favourite composer.

Nigel Kennedy’s own composition
The Magician of Lublin & more

George Gershwin/ Ira Gershwin
A selection from
Rhapsody In Blue
Porgy & Bess
The Man I Love
How Long Has This Been Going On
Lady Be Good

Presented by Andrew Kay and BBC Studios



Monday 21 January MELBOURNE Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall 1300 182 183
Wednesday, 23 January BRISBANE Qpac, Concert Hall 136 246
Friday 25 January Canberra Llewellyn Hall, ANU 1300 795 012
Sunday 27 January SYDNEY Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall 02 9250 7777
Tuesday 29 January ADELAIDE Adelaide Festival Centre, Festival Theatre 131 246
Friday 1 February PERTH Perth Concert Hall 08 9231 9999