Croydon where a well-known pianist was born

As a piano tuner when I travel around the city I enjoy looking at places and link them to music history. When I worked in Croydon I got interested and soon discovered that one of today’s most successful pianist, Freddy Kempf was born here.

He took up piano at the age of four and just a few years later he made his concerto debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of eight. In 2001 Kemp was voted Best Young British Classical Performer in the Classical BRIT Awards.

Although Kempf is a British pianist, he comes from a cosmopolitan background as he was born to a German father and a Japanese mother and his grandfather was the great German pianist Wilhelm Kempf. Now he lives in Berlin and continues performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. In 2006 and 2011 he made solo engagements at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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