Artist of the month:
From a charming hero to a perfect dad
In any high school drama movie, there is always a scene like this: when a handsome boy walks pass, all the girls would turn their heads, look, and giggle. It happens in reality. I remember vividly how Freddy Kempf caught everyone’s eyes whenever he appeared at the Royal Academy of Music. Like another naturally charismatic pianist Van Cliburn, Freddy made his international career at the International Tchaikovsky Competition, though not by winning first prize in 1998. Since then, he has been performing in the world’s major concert halls, with great conductors and orchestras. In 2001, he was voted as the Best Young British Classical Performer in the Classical BRIT Awards and recently, he conducted from the keyboard to perform a complete cycle of Beethoven’s piano concertos. When it seems that the world is under his feet, Freddy Kempf tells you that a perfect day for him would be not being woken up by his kids, having a nice cup of coffee, and walking peacefully in the European Alps.