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Dr. George Kennaway

George Kennaway is a cellist, conductor, teacher, and musicologist. Born in Edinburgh, he studied at the universities of Newcastle and Oxford, the Guildhall School of Music, and the University of Leeds. He studied the cello with Marie Dare, Valentine Orde, Michael Edmonds, and Christopher Bunting. He is now Director of Music at the University of Hull, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield’s Centre for Performance Research, and visiting research Fellow at the University of Leeds. From 2008-12 he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Leeds, investigating 19th-century annotated editions of string music. Before that, he was principal cello no. 2 in the Orchestra of Opera North for 28 years. He regularly appears as a soloist and chamber music player, on modern, 19th-century, and baroque cello. He recently performed unaccompanied 17th- and 18th-century solo cello works in Huddersfield, and in 2015 he makes his third appearance as soloist with the Leeds Baroque Orchestra. With David Milsom and Jonathan Gooing, he is a member of the Meiningen Ensemble, a chamber group which explores applications of historical research to the 19th-century repertoire. He is in overall charge of early music at Hull University and directs Collegium Musicum Hull. He has conducted orchestras in the UK, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Italy, and Lithuania, and currently conducts the Harrogate Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sheffield Chamber Orchestra, the Pennine Sinfonia, and the Hull University Symphony Orchestra. His book Playing The Cello 1780-1930 (Ashgate) appeared in 2014. Other publications include articles and book chapters on editions of Haydn cello concertos, opera orchestra contracts, theoretical aspects of historical performance and historiography, and the music of the Baltic states. He is the leading UK specialist in the music and art of the Lithuanian M. K. ?iurlionis, his most recent publication in this field dealing with ?iurlionis’s octatonic compositions. He has taught at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Lithuanian National Academy of Music.

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