Andrew Kennedy commenced clarinet lessons at age nine, mixed with recorder, piano, and composition studies through high school. He was first in music at the prestigious St Peters College in Brisbane, attended the Tasmania Conservatorium of Music under Duncan Abercrombie and Elisabeth Kelvin and graduated with distinction, while concurrently completing a physics degree. He also won national composition competitions and had his work played in major conservatorium recitals.
Andrew took a decade off to become a medical doctor and then specialise in anaesthetics. Luckily his passion for music was reignited to heights beyond any before and he set sail on the voyage to the Sydney arts scene. In 2013 he was guest solo recitalist at the Australasian Saxophone and Clarinet Conference in Sydney, and in 2014 he played the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the NSW Doctors’ Orchestra. In 2015 he will be principal clarinet with the World Doctors’ Orchestra in Barbados playing Mahler’s fourth symphony, and next year is touring the conservatoire of southern Poland, playing and hosting workshops on Australian music and composition.
He is the principal clarinetist of the NSW, Australian, and World Doctors’ Orchestras and he performs solo and chamber recitals regularly in New South Wales. His favourite composers are Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Britten, and Ravel. His teacher is Margery Smith, and he has a particular love of and affinity for performance with string players.
Andrew is a columnist for the Queensland Clarinet and Saxophone magazine, and a committee member of the NSW and Australian Doctors’ Orchestras. He will be the convenor of the 2016 Australian Doctors’ Orchestra visit to Sydney. This year he will judge the grand finals of the instrumental scholarship of the Sydney Eistedfodd. He regularly donates his time as clarinetist and composer to causes such as the White Ribbon Day and Day of Difference Foundation. Last year his piece for saxophone quartet and clarinets was toured by the Barega Quartet in east coast Australia, and his latest composition, “Poema de la Despedida” will premiere at the Sydney Opera House in April.