Freddy 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, Freddy has built a unique reputation as an explosive and physical performer.
Freddy 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". His international career was rapidly established and his unprecedented popularity with Russian audiences has since been reflected in numerous sold-out concerts and television broadcasts.
Freddy made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 8 and, maintaining a strong link with the orchestra ever since, joined them for his conducting debut in 2011. The 2011 and 2012 season saw him embark on a major new project, in which he play/directs the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a complete cycle of Beethoven's piano concertos, touring many of the UK's most significant venues. Freddy has also worked with the Tokyo Metropolitan, Vancouver, London, and St Petersburg Symphony Orchestras, among others.