Pianist Freddy Kempf is one of today's most successful young artists, performing for sell-out audiences all over the world. He has built a unique reputation both as an explosive and physical performer not afraid to take risks as well as serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist.
Born in London in 1977, Kempf began piano lessons at the young age of 4. He came to prominence in 1992 when he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition following a memorable performance of Rachmaninoff Paganini Variations. His third prize in the 1998 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow rapidly established his international career. For him not to have won the first prize provoked protests from the audience and an outcry in the Russian press, which proclaimed him "the hero of the competition," and his unprecedented popularity with Russian audiences since then has been reflected in sold-out concerts and numerous television broadcasts.
A committed recitalist, Kempf has built up dedicated audiences worldwide, appearing at London's Barbican Centre, Birmingham's Symphony Hall, Munich's Herkulessaal, Hamburg's Musikhalle, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, Osaka's Symphony Hall, Zurich's Tonhalle, Moscow's Great Hall of the Conservatory and St. Petersburg's Philharmonic Hall, among others.
Kempf records exclusively for BIS Records, for which he has recorded recital discs of Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and Schumann. His most recent release includes the works of Mussorgsky, Ravel and Balakirev. This recording has already been received with critical acclaim and been chosen as "editor's choice" in Gramophone Magazine.
Kempf's next release will be an all-Prokofiev disc including piano sonatas and concerti with the Bergen Philharmonic and Andrew Litton