Dr Andrew Kennedy, clarinettist, composer, and anaesthetist, commenced clarinet lessons at age nine, and graduated first in music at the prestigious St Peters College in Brisbane. He won several national composition prizes and graduated with distinction in clarinet performance from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music under Duncan Abercrombie and Elisabeth Kelvin while concurrently completing an astrophysics degree.
Andrew took a decade off to become a medical doctor and specialise in anaesthetics. Now successfully balancing both careers, he performs regularly in all the Australian capitals. In 2013 he was guest solo recitalist at the Australasian Saxophone and Clarinet Conference in Sydney, and in 2014 and 2016 he has been a concerto soloist with the New South Wales Doctors’ Orchestra.The past four years have seen premiere performances and recordings of his compositions throughout Australia, including five works debuting at the Sydney Opera House since 2015. He is a committee member of the New South Wales Doctors Orchestra, and is principal clarinet with the World Doctors Orchestra, visiting in far-flung places such as Japan, Barbados, Romania, and Germany, to play for charity. Indeed he has given recitals as clarinettist and singer for many worthy causes, such as the Day of Difference Foundation and the White Ribbon Appeal.
Andrew is the founding artistic director and clarinettist of Sydney’s ‘Hourglass Ensemble’, specialising in contemporary Australian music for woodwinds, strings, voice, and piano. In this capacity he has played live on 2MBS radio, and has commissioned and premiered more than a dozen new pieces in only the past two years.The group has just returned from a successful tour of Austria, Poland, Germany,
and Switzerland, exporting the best of our music to the world. He next appears at the Sydney Opera House in August for the second Hourglass project of 2017, a dark, mysterious blues-cabaret and classical music show entitled ‘Prelude to a Kiss’.