Daisy Kennedy

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Daisy Kennedy (Burra, South Australia, Australia, 16 January 1893 - Hammersmith, London, England, 30 July 1981) was an Australian-born concert violinist.

She was born in Burra-Burra, 160 km north of Adelaide, to parents of Scottish and Irish descent.[1] Her father, Joseph A. Kennedy, was headmaster of Glenelg Primary School and president of the South Australian Public School Teachers' Union.[2] For three years she was Elder scholar at the Adelaide Conservatory[1] under Mrs. Alderman and Hermann Heinicke.[2] She was a private pupil of Otakar Ševčík in Vienna for a year, and then studied for two years in the Meister-Schule there.[1] She appeared in London in 1911 and toured widely in Europe and in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

On 15 April 1914[2] she married the Ukrainian pianist Benno Moiseiwitsch; their daughter, the theatre designer Tanya Moiseiwitsch was born in December the same year. After divorcing Moiseiwitsch, she married the English playwright and poet John Drinkwater.

She was a cousin of cellist Lauri Kennedy,[3] and thus also related to Lauri's son John Kennedy, another cellist, and grandson, the violinist Nigel Kennedy.


  1. ^ a b c A. Eaglefield-Hull (Ed.), A Dictionary of Modern Music and Musicians (Dent, London & Toronto 1924), 267.
  2. ^ a b c "South Australian Violinist". The Register (Adelaide). LXXIX, (21,075). South Australia. 29 May 1914. p. 10. Retrieved 7 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ Peter Campbell, 'Kennedy, Irvine Robert Laurie (Lauri) (1896 - 1980)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 17, Melbourne University Press, pp 617-618.