‘It was a blast, mesmerizing, to hear a pianist as courageous, convincing, uncompromising and phenomenally skilled as Kempf.’
An audience with pianist Freddy Kempf is an exhilarating experience – whether his fingers are glittering at breakneck speed across the keys or he’s exquisitely serenading you with a deft emotional touch.
Kempf is one of today’s most successful pianists performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. Exceptionally gifted with an unusually broad repertoire, he has built a unique reputation as both an explosive and physical performer who is not afraid to take risks, as well as a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist.
Kempf’s strong rapport with Russia and its music, developed over years of frequent concert engagements and a language fluency to rival the locals, began in 1998 as he won the hearts of Moscow audiences in the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. Few contemporary pianists have the measure of these iconic monuments of 19th century pianism quite like he does. His often-called meteoric rise to the stage has now stood the test of time, and while the music he champions seems to always require nerves of steel and highly impressive dexterity, his experience and deep understanding of the repertoire will blow you away.
Freddy Kempf is certainly no stranger to piano enthusiasts, but this opportunity to hear him perform in the beautiful surrounds of the Government House Ballroom will be a truly special experience.
PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 1
PROKOFIEV Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 84
KAPUSTIN Concert Etudes Nos. 1, 7 & 8, Op. 40
RACHMANINOV Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 36
Freddy Kempf made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of eight and came to national prominence in 1992 when he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. In 1998, his award of third, rather than first, prize in the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow provoked protests from the audience and an outcry in the Russian press, which proclaimed him ‘the hero of the competition’. He is one of today’s most successful pianists performing to sell-out audiences all over the world.
He has collaborated with conductors such as Dutoit, Petrenko, Davis, Sinaisky, Chailly, Tortelier, Sawallisch, Buribayev and Simonov, and has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious musical institutions including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Dresden Philharmonic.
Most recent concerti highlights include appearances with Taiwan National Symphony, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and Bergen Philharmonic, in addition to an extensive tour with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra across the UK for which he received critical acclaim.
A committed recitalist, Kempf has appeared on many of the world’s most important stages including the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, the Berlin Konzerthaus, Milan Conservatory and London’s Royal Festival Hall. He is also a prolific recording artist.
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