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Freddy Kempf

Born in London in 1977. He studied at the London Royal Academy of Music. In 1992 he won the annual BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, in 1998 he won the 3rd prize at the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition, becoming the audience's favorite.

He has given solo recitals at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Warsaw Philharmonic, Milan Verdi Conservatory, Salzburg Mozarteum, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, City Hall in Sydney. Since 2000 he has been playing with the Kempf Trio with violinist Pierre Bensaid and cellist Alexander Chaushian.

Has collaborated with many leading orchestras and renowned conductors such as Neeme Järvi, Charles Duthoit, Vassily Petrenko, Andrew Davies, Vasily Sinaisky, Ricardo Chailly, Kurt Sanderling, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Daniele Gatti, Günter Herbig, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sakari Oramo, Jiri Beloglavek, Yuri Temirkanov. Since 2011, he has been performing as a conductor, combining on stage the role of a soloist with leading an orchestra.

Exclusive artist of the recording company BIS Records. His recording of Prokofiev's Second and Third Piano Concertos with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton (2010) was nominated for a UK Gramophone Award. Kempf's solo albums with compositions by Rachmaninov, Bach, Ravel and Stravinsky (2011), Schumann (2013), Tchaikovsky (2015) received high marks from international critics.

Awarded the Classical Brit Awards, Honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of Kent. In 2019, he took part in the work of the jury of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

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