Freddy Kempf has become one of the most important young artists of today performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. He has built a unique reputation both as an explosive and physical performer and also as a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist. Born in London, Kempf came to national prominence in 1992 when he became the youngest winner in the history of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. It was possibly the award of a third prize in the 1998 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow that contributed most to the establishment of his international career. His not winning 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 has been reflected in sold-out concerts and numerous television broadcasts.
Freddy Kempf has worked with the world’s leading orchestras and acclaimed conductors such as the Philharmonia Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis and Kurt Sanderling, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Daniele Gatti and Matthias Bamert, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo, La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov, the Russian State Symphony Orchestra under Vassily Sinaisky, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Yan Pascal Tortelier, the Philadelphia Orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch and the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Yuri Simonov.
Freddy Kempf records exclusively for BIS Records, a recent release being a recital of works by Rachmaninov, Bach-Busoni, Ravel and Stravinsky described on the web site MusicWeb-International as ‘a perfect vehicle to showcase Freddy Kempf’s talents as a virtuoso pianist.’