Composer and pianist MARTIN
KENNEDY began his formal training at
Indiana University, where he received Bachelors of Music in
both Composition and Piano Performance. He went on to
earn a Master of Music in Composition at Indiana University
and a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Juilliard School where he
was a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow. His principal teachers
in composition include Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, Claude
Baker, David Dzubay, Don Freund, and Sydney Hodkinson. His
principal teachers in piano include Jeremy Denk, Eveylne
Brancart, and Pamela Penick.
Kennedy's music has been performed internationally by numerous
artists and ensembles, including the Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra, Orchestra Teatro Comunale di Bologna, South Dakota
Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Baton Rouge
Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Philharmonic, Bloomington
Camerata, Haddonfield Symphony, and Tuscaloosa Symphony.
He is the recipient of several prestigious prizes, including
the ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize, the '2 Agosto'
International Composition Prize, a BMI Student Composer Award,
five ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the Suzanne and
Lee Ettleson prize, the ASCAP Raymond Hubbel Award, a
MacDowell Fellowship, an Aaron Copland Award, and two Indiana
University Dean's Prizes in Composition.
Kennedy also remains in demand as a
pianist and collaborator, appearing on concert stages
worldwide and such radio programs as BBC’s In Tune and
NPR’s Performance Today. He has toured with
violinist Lara St. John and flutist Thomas Robertello, with
whom he has both recorded with and written for. Kennedy
is also committed to the performance of new works, having
premiered numerous compositions as both a soloist and as a
member of both the Indiana University New Music Ensemble and
the New Juilliard Ensemble.
Kennedy’s music is available on the Ancalagon, Anbardy, Azica,
Centaur, and Riax labels and is published by Theodore Presser
Company and G. Schirmer. He currently serves as Director
of Composition and Theory at Central Washington University.