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 10 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.
“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
“…It had immediately established the credentials not only of this fine orchestra but above all of a conductor with such fluid expressive movements who could immediately convey his overall vision to his fellow colleagues. It is rare to see such naturally expressive movements that can convey so clearly the shape and style of the mature Mozart.“
Christopher Axworthy Music Commentary, reviewing Mozart Symphony no. 36 with Resonate Symphony Orchestra
“Henry Kennedy should stand at the threshold of a successful, even perhaps a glittering career, and those at Smith Square on 15th June 2018 should one day be lucky enough to boast of being there.“
Music Club of London, reviewing Bruckner Symphony no. 3 with Resonate Symphony Orchestra