Dr. Kendall's Bio

Dr. Kendall is a board certified physician in family medicine and palliative care who carried a passion for classical music throughout his medical career.  In 1995 Dr. Kendall studied violin performance at the UC, San Diego, and went on to perform with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra during a research year abroad from the USC Keck School of Medicine.  

Dr. Kendall's favorite composer and performing artist is Fritz Kreiser, the son of a surgeon who was also an amateur violinist.  Like Kreisler, Dr. Kendall began self-teaching his musical repertoire after the age of twelve.  In a chance counterpoint, whereas Mr. Kreisler early made the transition from music to medicine, Dr. Kendall returned to music late in his medical studies.

In 2011, Dr. Kendall's wife and physician partner Dr. Normy Chiou tragically passed away.  A month later, he closed their medical practice.  As part of his grief journey, he has taken his musical performance direct to the passers-by at open street markets, in addition to benefit recitals.  

In 2014, his performances raised over $25,000 for Bloom Where Planted, 501(c)3 an African Children's Fund charity that supports secondary education in Kenya.  

From Street Busking to Music Lessons

Dr. Kendall launched his outdoor performances in Santa Monica on the Third Street Promenade.  Using a portable amplifier, he played his favorite violin repertoire with recorded piano accompaniment.  In 2013, he began playing regularly at the Monrovia Farmer's Market.  Initially, he played his piano repertoire on an electric keyboard, but he soon found the need to play on a full size acoustic upright.  With a custom made piano dolly, he pushed a six hundred pound Yamaha U3 onto the street for his Friday performances.  

As the Monrovia market concerts became more popular, several children began showing interest in becoming classical performers themselves.  By the end of 2014, twelve students of all ages and backgrounds began taking private lessons from Dr. Kendall.  Dr. Kendall's policy is that no child is too impoverished or too young to explore music.  To date, five instruments have been donated to those students who are unable to afford them.