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Nina Kennedy

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Nina Kennedy is a world-renowned concert pianist, orchestral conductor, and award-winning filmmaker. She gave her first piano recital at nine and was a soloist with the Nashville Symphony, playing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at 13. She holds a master's degree from the Juilliard School where she studied with Leonard Bernstein. Kurt Masur was her conducting mentor, during his tenure as music director with the New York Philharmonic and L'Orchestre National de France. For 12 years, she lived and performed in Europe, residing in Amsterdam, Vienna, Cologne, and Paris.

Nina wrote the script for a short film by Alberto Ferreras of HBO that was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, New York's New Fest, and film festivals in Frankfurt, Jerusalem, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Oslo, Philadelphia, and Sydney. 

Nina produced and directed the documentary about her father entitled Matthew Kennedy: One Man's Journey. He was the director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. The film was screened at international film festivals including the African Diaspora Film Festival in New York, the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, and Nashville's International Film Festival (NaFF), and the International Black Film Festival of Nashville. Nina won the Rosetta Miller Perry prize for Best Film by a Black Filmmaker.

Nina Kennedy is the host of The Noshing with Nina Show, an award-winning cable television talk show at Manhattan Neighborhood Network. She authored Practicing for Love: A Memoir.