I must stick up for Andre. He has made classical concerts interesting, colourful and enjoyable. I went to his concert in Brisbane where they set up a replica of the Schonbrunn Palace and the whole concert was spectacular. He plays a lot of Strauss who is a classical composer I enjoy.
I saw his New York concert on DVD where they had the Harlem Gospel Choir singing so there was also a great variety. I think his concerts and the music he plays bring joy to people. Some of his concerts on DVD are quite uplifting.
In saying that, I haven't watched his DVDs for quite a long time as I think I overdosed on Andre when he first became popular in Australia. However he is a very clever businessman the way he has brought back classical music to the masses.
I really cant comment on his personality as I have only seen him perform maybe only once that I can recall. He is trying to bring classical music to the masses, that is his main aim, so I don't see anything wrong with that. As a person, I really have no idea about him so cant form an opinion.
If I am unaware of who I am listening to,then he is okay,but I am not overly fond of his stage antics. He has done a great deal for classical music though,and this HAS to be a decent aspect of him!! I would NEVER go to watch him in concert!
Oh! fran, last time I went to Nigel's Concert, I was in middle of front row, & he walked to me, & gave a 'knuckle' handshake! It was marvellous! That was the third time, with same seating for me. Dare I think he may've recognised me?
His teacher at the Julliard School, NYC, was Yehudi Menuhin. Can't get better than that!
Well Donjo, if that had been me that would have made my day. I just love him, but so many of my friends give him a terrible review because he doesn't fit in (with the age group or their expectations in dress sense etc) but he can make that violin sing. He is brilliant.
Yes, fran, those who don't accept Nigel Kennedy as is, are missing much! He's just THE best on violin, & that's all which interests me. He could wear pink & purple stubbies, & t-shirt for all I care! I JUST want to hear him play the violin! Cheers!
Yes I love his vibrant performances. He has brought classical music alive and is attracting a wide audience of music lovers and potential music lovers. I have booked 8 tickets for the cinema for friends.
I like him and agree with Therese B. He has brought the classics to everyone. I enjoy this as most classic music is not my taste. His concerts are entertaining, lively and lots of fun where as I would not go to see The melbourne symphony orchestra at all.