Kemp English

Kemp English is one of New Zealand’s leading concert performers. Much in demand as a solo organist, collaborative pianist, and specialist fortepiano exponent, he relishes the opportunity to work in a diverse array of styles and periods.

His solo CDs Schwammerl, Kemp English at the Fortepiano and the Stormin’ Norma trilogy - showcasing the magnificent Dunedin Town Hall organ - have all met with wide-spread critical acclaim at home and abroad and feature regularly on Radio New Zealand, the ABC, BBC Radio, Classic FM UK and USA radio networks. His collaborative discs with violin duo partner Robin Wilson have been equally well received. For audio samples, visit CDs page.

Kemp enjoyed a distinguished studentship at the Royal Academy of Music in London and later completed a Master of Arts degree in Music Performance from the University of York. In 2001 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, in recognition of his distinguished performing and teaching career. Four years later, after more than a decade as Executant Lecturer in fortepiano, organ and harpsichord performance at the University of Otago, Kemp made the decision to free-lance and concentrate on his increasingly hectic performing and recording career. He continues to tour Australasia and Europe as both a solo and collaborative performer.

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“A large audience was alternately wowed, entertained, amazed, and amused by the infectious enthusiasm of concert organist Kemp English.”

“…the hands of a master practitioner”