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Freddy Kempf's Beethoven Piano Series
20 September 2011
Freddy Kempf is one of today's most successful pianists, giving concerts all over the world to sell-out audiences. His dynamic performances blend explosiveness and virtuosity with sensitivity of touch, a combination that is perfectly suited to Beethoven's five magnificent concertos. In this unique series, Freddy Kempf takes on the demanding role of both soloist and director to bring you the complete Beethoven piano concertos across two evenings.
Born in Croydon, Freddy Kempf first came to national prominence in 1992 when he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. It was perhaps his award of Third Prize in the 1998 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow that rapidly established his international career. That he did not win the first prize provoked protests from the audience and an outcry in the Russian press, which proclaimed him 'the hero of the competition'. He went on to make many acclaimed international débuts and has since performed with many of the world’s leading ensembles and conductors, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Daniele Gatti and Matthias Bamert, La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Yuri Temirkanov, Philadelphia Orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch, NHK and European Union Youth Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy. Freddy Kempf is also a committed recitalist, with engagements the world-over and a critically acclaimed recording artist.

During the 2011-2012 season, Freddy Kempf embarks on an epic exploration of Beethoven's magnificent piano concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Directing from the piano, Freddy Kempf begins his odyssey with the noble Piano Concerto No.1, with its exquisite slow movement and vivacious rondo finale, first performed by Beethoven himself in 1798 in Prague. The dramatic Piano Concerto No.2 was written about a decade before No.1, but was published later; the work was used by Beethoven to display his own impressive pianistic technique. The Third Concerto was dedicated to Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, himself a composer, and features a slow movement of tranquil beauty, offset by the finale's memorable, lively theme. Part Two of the series features the Egmont and Fidelio Overtures (see performance dates below) alongside the final two concertos – the masterful Fourth Concerto and the Fifth Concerto, so majestic that Beethoven's publisher nicknamed it the 'Emperor'.

My favourite composer overall is still, and for a long time already, Beethoven. I love the breadth and scope of everything he offers. He writes so wonderfully for all mediums - for piano, for orchestra, for string-quartet etc. etc. I love the power and sensitivity of the emotions his music triggers and also feel that he is by far one of the most influential artistic figures of all time.
- Freddy Kempf

In partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, audiences will have the opportunity to hear this special series at the Orchestra's London home – Cadogan Hall – as well as their resident venues, Royal & Derngate in Northampton and Fairfield Halls in Croydon, and St. David's Hall in Cardiff. These events will also be followed by individual performances in Cheltenham, Guildford and Newbury.

Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos Series Performance Dates

Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Sunday 25th September 2011, 7.30pm
Piano Concertos Nos.1-3

Sunday 22nd April 2012, 7.30pm
Fidelio Overture, Piano Concertos Nos.4-5

Box Office: 01604 624811 /

Cadogan Hall, London

Thursday 6th October 2011, 7.30pm
Piano Concertos Nos.1-3

Sunday 13th May 2012, 7.00pm
Egmont Overture, Piano Concertos Nos.4-5

Box Office: 020 7730 4500 /

St. David’s Hall, Cardiff

Friday 7th October 2011, 7.30pm
Piano Concertos Nos.1-3

Friday 11th May 2012, 7.30pm
Fidelio Overture, Piano Concertos Nos.4-5

Box Office: 029 2087 8444 /

Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Wednesday 26th October 2011, 7.30pm
Piano Concertos Nos.1-3

Wednesday 11th April 2012, 7.30pm
Fidelio Overture, Piano Concertos Nos.4-5

Box Office: 020 8688 9291 /

Further Freddy Kempf Beethoven Performance Dates

Cheltenham Town Hall

Thursday 12th April 2012, 7.30pm
Fidelio Overture, Piano Concertos Nos.4-5

Box Office: 0844 576 2210 /

G Live, Guildford

Wednesday 9th May 2012, 7.30pm
Programme includes Piano Concerto No.5

Box Office: 0844 7701 797 /

St. Nicolas Church, Newbury
Part of the Newbury Spring Festival

Saturday 12th May 2012, 7.30pm
Programme includes Piano Concerto No.5

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