22nd Jul 2010
His virtuosic technique, unique talent and mass appeal have brought fresh perspectives to the classical, contemporary and jazz repertoire.
His recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons is still the biggest-selling classical record of all time, but he now devotes only about three months of the year to the classical repertoire, such is his interest in jazz.
Kennedy is a massive Villa supporter and wowed fans in 2008 when he offered all season card holders free tickets for any date on his 'A Very Nice Album' tour.
He even once painted his car in the colours of claret and blue.