PORTLAND, Maine — Oct. 31, 2016 — The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and its musicians, as represented by the Boston Musicians’ Association (Local 9-535), are pleased to More
James Kennedy, Principal Cello
Where did you grow up? Bowling Green, OH
Where do you currently live? South Paris, ME
What instrument do you play? Cello
Educational background: Curtis Institute and graduate work at Indiana University
Began with the PSO: In 1981
What non-PSO musical activities do you participate in? I was with Sebago/Long Lake Chamber Music Festival for 20 years, and was Director for 10 years. Something that’s a real passion for me is playing solo works, and I’ve been going to Paris (France) and Normandy every year to perform recitals. I have a tour to Japan coming up as well.
What is your favorite music? What are you currently listening to? Classical is my favorite, Bach and Beethoven. Also Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Debussy, I like listening to a lot of different composers. I listen to a lot of jazz too.
Any non-musical hobbies? I’m a passionate hiker and mountain climber, I love sailing, housebuilding, gardening, landscape architecture. I’ve done a lot of design work, both for homes and landscapes.
Do you teach? If so, how can people get in touch with you? I teach in Rockland one day a week at Woodsound Studio, and privately from my home in South Paris. I also do some teaching in the Portland area. (207) 749-2855 for more information.
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